File No. 34865

This rule was published in the June 15, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 12) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation

Section R651-206-2

Outfitting Company Responsibilities

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 34865
Filed: 05/23/2011 04:47:29 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

When the "Carrying Passengers for Hire" rule was written, an outfitting company was defined by the elements of the business rather than listing what types of businesses are outfitting companies.

Summary of the rule or change:

The Division has had several complaints that individuals were not aware that their businesses were considered an outfitting company. They had searched the internet for "fishing guide" to see what the requirements were and did not find out information because the words "fishing guide" did not appear in the rule. By listing the most common types of outfitters in the rule, the Division hopes those that are doing internet searches will be able to locate important information.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Subsection 73-18-4(4)

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

This is a rule clarification, there will be no cost or savings to the state budget.

local governments:

This is a rule clarification, there will be no cost or savings to the local government.

small businesses:

This is a rule clarification, there will be no cost or savings to small businesses.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

This is a rule clarification, there will be no cost or savings to anyone other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

This is a rule clarification only. There are no compliance costs associated with this change.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

Impact on business should be minimal.

Michael Styler, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Natural Resources
Parks and Recreation
1594 W NORTH TEMPLE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3154

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Tammy Wright at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7359, by FAX at 801-538-7378, or by Internet E-mail at tammywright@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

07/15/2011

This rule may become effective on:

07/22/2011

Authorized by:

Fred Hayes, Acting Operations Deputy Director

RULE TEXT

R651. Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

R651-206. Carrying Passengers for Hire.

R651-206-2. Outfitting Company Responsibilities.

(1) Each outfitting company carrying passengers for hire on waters of this state shall register with the Division annually, prior to commencement of operation. Outfitting companies include, but are not limited to, fishing guides, waterski or sailing schools, river trip companies and tour boat operators.

(a) Outfitting company registration with the Division requires the completion of the prescribed application form and providing the following:

(i) Evidence of a current and valid business license;

(ii) Evidence of a current and valid river trip authorization(s), Special Use Permit(s), or performance contract(s)issued by an appropriate federal or state land managing agency;

(iii) Evidence of general liability insurance coverage; and

(iv) Payment of a $150 fee for an outfitting company whose place of business is physically located within the State of Utah, or

(v) Payment of a $200 fee for an outfitting company whose place of business is physically located outside of the State of Utah.

(b) Owners and employees of a migratory bird production area created under Title 23, Chapter 28, Migratory Bird Production Area and operating within that Migratory Bird Production Area shall not be considered an outfitting company.

(2) Upon successful registration with the Division, the Division shall issue a certificate of outfitting company registration in the name of the outfitting company. An outfitting company shall display its certificate of outfitting company registration at its place of business in a prominent location, visible to persons and passengers who enter the place of business.

(3) An agent of an outfitting company shall certify that each license or permit applicant sponsored by the outfitting company has:

(a) Obtained the minimum levels of required vessel operation experience corresponding to the type of license or permit applied for;

(b) Obtained the appropriate first aid and CPR certificates; and

(c) Completed the prescribed application form with true and correct identifying information.

(4) An outfitting company's annual registration with the Division may be suspended, denied, or revoked for a length of time determined by the Division director, or an individual designated by the Division director, if one of the following occurs:

(a) The outfitting company's, or agent's negligence caused personal injury or death as determined by due process of law;

(b) The outfitting company or agent is convicted of three violations of Title 73, Chapter 18, or rules promulgated thereunder during a calendar year period;

(c) False or fictitious statements were certified or false qualifications were used to qualify a person to obtain a license or permit for an employee or others;

(d) The Division determines that the outfitting company intentionally provided false or fictitious statements or qualifications when registering with the Division;

(e) The outfitting company has utilized a private trip permit for carrying passengers for hire and has been prosecuted by the issuing agency and found guilty of the violation;

(f) The outfitting company used a vessel operator without a valid license or permit or without the appropriate license or permit while engaging in carrying passengers for hire; or

(g) The outfitting company is convicted of violating a resource protection regulation or public safety regulation in effect by the respective land managing and/or access permitting agency.

(5) An outfitting company shall have a written policy describing a program for a drug free workplace.

(6) An outfitting company shall maintain a training log for each of its vessel operators.

(7) An outfitting company shall maintain a voyage plan and a passenger manifest, on shore, for each trip or excursion the company conducts.

(8) An outfitting company shall maintain a daily or trip operations log for each of its vessels.

(9) An outfitting company shall ensure that each of its vessel operators conducts a check of the vessel he or she will be operating. The vessel check shall include:

(a) Passenger count;

(b) A discussion of safety protocols and emergency operations with passengers on board the vessel.

(c) A check of the vessel's required carriage of safety equipment.

(d) A check of the vessel's communication systems;

(e) A check of the operation and control of the vessel's steering controls and propulsion system; and

(f) A check of the vessel's navigation lights, if the vessel will be operating between sunset and sunrise.

(10) An outfitting company shall ensure that each vessel in its fleet is equipped with the required safety equipment.

(11) An outfitting company shall maintain each vessel in its fleet according to good marine practices and standards.

(a) The outfitting company shall ensure that each vessel used in the service of carrying passengers for hire meets the maintenance and inspection requirements, if such inspections are required of a vessel.

(b) The outfitting company shall maintain a file of its maintenance and inspections for each vessel, or the components and equipment that configure a float trip vessel, that is required to be inspected in its fleet. Maintenance and inspection files shall be maintained for the duration in which the vessel is in the service of carrying passengers for hire, plus one additional year.

(12) The owner of a vessel carrying passengers for hire, shall carry general liability insurance. The insurance coverage shall be for a minimum of $1,000,000 aggregate per incident.

(13) Upon request of an agent of the Division, an outfitting company shall provide the Division with a copy of the company's

(a) Drug free workplace policy;

(b) A passenger manifest and trip voyage plan;

(c) Trip operation logs;

(d) A vessel's maintenance and inspection files; or

(e) A vessel operator's training log.

(14) An outfitting company that is registered to carry passengers for hire in another state and possesses a state-issued certificate of outfitting company registration, or similar license, permit or registration accepted and recognized by the Division, where the state has similar outfitting company registration provisions, shall not be required to obtain and display a Utah certificate of outfitting company registration as required by this section when:

(a) Operating vessels on Bear Lake, Flaming Gorge, and Lake Powell where a trip embarks and disembarks from the out-of-state portion of the lake and less than 25 percent of a trip is conducted on the Utah portion of the lake.

(b) Operating vessels on rivers flowing into Utah where the river trip originates out-of-state and terminates at the first available launch ramp/take-out.

(i) For vessels operating on the Colorado River, the first available take-out is the Westwater Ranger Station launch ramp/take-out.

(ii) For vessels operating on the Dolores River, the first available take-out is the Dewey Bridge launch ramp/take-out on the Colorado River.

(iii) For vessels operating on the Green River, the first available take out is the Split Mountain launch ramp/take-out.

(iv) For vessels operating on the San Juan River, the first available take-out is the Montezuma Creek launch ramp/take-out.

 

KEY: boating, parks

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [August 9, 2010]July 22, 2011

Notice of Continuation: January 11, 2011

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 73-18-4(4)

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Tammy Wright at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7359, by FAX at 801-538-7378, or by Internet E-mail at tammywright@utah.gov.