Okaloosa County is committed to providing waterway safety information as it relates to livery vessel guidelines, related ordinances and overall public safety on waterways in Okaloosa County. 


Waterway Rental Vendor Registration Application

(Permits/Authorizations must be obtained from both Okaloosa County and National Park Service)

In July 2018 and updated with County Ordinance 20-03, Okaloosa County passed Ordinance 18-19, authorizing commercial operations in the area under certain conditions. Due to the unique nature of Crab Island being located in national seashore waters over state-held submerged waters, commercial operations require authorization from the local government as well as the park service. In accordance with Okaloosa County Ordinance 18-19 and 20-03 park service regulations, Commercial Use Authorizations and Okaloosa County, licenses must be obtained prior to operating a business at Crab Island.



2024 Waterway Safety Meeting Information

Mandatory Pre-Season Meeting: All livery vessel owners operating under Ordinance 22-08 Waterway Rental Vendor Safety and Operating Standards must attend a mandatory pre-season meeting to be held each February.