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Berkeley Marina Liveaboard Waiting List

 The City of Berkeley is now accepting new applications for persons interested in liveaboard opportunities at the Berkeley Marina. These new applications will supplement our existing Liveaboard Waiting Lists for size Groups A through F.  Applications will be assigned to the bottom of the respective waiting list dependent on size.  

 The Berkeley Marina is permitted to have 100 berths occupied by boaters who live aboard their vessel.  These are considered Cruising Vessels used as a residence. 

 Applications received will be placed into six separate “Groups” corresponding to vessel extreme length overall, beam, draft, and electrical service requirements. Length overall (“LOA”) is your extreme tip to tip length including any appendages (anchors, davits, swim steps, etc.). It is the applicant’s responsibility to be accurate in the length measurement of his or her vessel. The Groups are as follows:



A.  24’-28’ LOA

B.  29’-35’ LOA

C.  36’-43’ LOA

D.  44’-48’ LOA

E.  49’-53’ LOA

F.   54’/87’ LOA


Applications are available here: Berkeley Marina Liveaboard Application and may be submitted either in person to the Marina Office at 201 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710, or by fax (510-981-6745), or by email to marina@cityofberkeley.info. Applications must be complete to be considered and application packages must include the following documentation:

  • Berkeley Marina Liveaboard Application
  • Current vessel registration or USCG documentation for vessel to be berthed
  • Copy of current valid California Boater’s Card (or proof of completed class)
  • Copy of Driver’s License or other officially recognized form of identification of vessel owner/applicant
  • Valid current vessel insurance certificate that must specifically include the following coverages either on the Declarations Page or within the Policy: General Liability Insurance coverage with a minimum limit of $300,000 with coverages for:

* Protection & Indemnity (“P&I”) or Watercraft Liability coverage

* Wreck Removal coverage (cost recovery for salvage/wreckage)

* Pollution coverage (cost recovery for oil/fuel spill and pollution control)

* Proof of Insurance MUST state full time liveaboard usage is not excluded

* Endorsement Certificate (not due until time of move in) naming the City of Berkeley as “Additional  

   Insured” as follows: The City of Berkeley, its officers, agents, volunteers, and employees are named as additional insureds. Location: Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710


For current slipholders at the Berkeley Marina, only applicants in good standing with the City of Berkeley will be considered; in compliance with Marina Rules and Regulations and not in arrears with dockage, fees, or fines.


Application packages may be emailed, dropped off, or sent via regular mail to the Marina Office. 


Note: Application packages will not be screened for completeness and good standing by the Marina Office until they are selected for an available liveaboard berth. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application package meets the City’s requirements, and maintain their good standing by complying with marina regulations.



Whenever a liveaboard slip opportunity becomes available, Marina staff will identify the appropriate Group to fill the vacancy and initiate the application package qualifying process. From whichever Group is to be pulled from, Marina staff will screen the top ranked application package for the available slip size objectively for completeness and inclusion of all required documentation. 

When initially contacting the next applicant for a liveaboard opportunity, they will be asked to pay a $200 deposit towards their potential liveaboard status within 48 hours of notice.  This can be paid in cash, check, or credit card.  If the applicant fails to pay the deposit within 48 hours they will lose the opportunity and be moved to the bottom of the list. 

 Upon satisfactory completion of vessel inspection and awarding of a liveaboard permit the deposit will be released and applied to the first month of liveaboard fees.  Any applicant who fails to provide the required paperwork, fails an inspection, or otherwise turns down the opportunity will be charged 25% of the deposit and returned the remainder (Applied towards active marina account or released via check to non-slip holders). 

If that Application is determined to be complete and satisfactory then that applicant will be provisionally assigned that available berth opportunity within that Group (pending vessel liveaboard inspection and completion of payment and paperwork requirements).

If the Application package screened by Marina staff is determined to be incomplete or missing required documentation, that applicant will be notified by the Marina Office of the deficiencies, and the applicant shall have fourteen days to make corrections to the Application package and resubmit.    

If, after second review, the Application package is determined to be complete, the applicant will move on to the inspection process. If, after second review, the Application package is determined to be incomplete or insufficient again, the applicant will be placed at the bottom of that group’s list. 

Applicants having been provisionally selected for an available liveaboard berth opportunity will be contacted by the Marina Office and notified of their status, and given an opportunity to schedule a vessel liveaboard inspection to be conducted at the marina no later than fourteen days after being contacted by the Marina.

Vessel liveaboard inspections: Provisional applicants whose vessel passes inspection will be offered a liveaboard slip and have five business days from notice of intent to complete a Permit Agreement, provide insurance endorsement certificate listing City of Berkeley as additional insured as spelled out in the website notification announcement, and make payment for dockage.  Liveaboard status may start immediately following a successful inspection or the next calendar month.  Liveaboard fees are $200/month and cannot be prorated. 

Applicants whose vessels fail the liveaboard inspection shall have fourteen days from notice of failure to correct those deficiencies and be re-inspected; applicants passing second and final inspection shall be approved for liveaboard status; applicants failing the second and final inspection shall be removed from consideration for the present opportunity and placed at the bottom of that Group’s List.

Any applicant who did not respond to the opportunity, failed to provide the required paperwork, failed an inspection, or otherwise turned down the opportunity (or any combination of the three) over the course of two separate opportunities will be removed entirely from the waiting list and must re-apply if they are still interested. 


Please complete the  Berkeley Marina Liveaboard Application and include it in your application package submittal. Successful applicants must adhere to Berkeley Marina’s  Marina Rules and Regulations to maintain good standing. For more information please contact the Marina Office at (510) 981-6740.


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