File a Boat Survey Record

Who is eligible?

Boat owners may use this service.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Monday - Friday 8-5

1055 Monterey Street Suite D360
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Tel: (805) 781-5643

Main Office Fax: (805)-781-5641

Real and Business Property Fax: (805)-788-2042

Public Service/Front Counter Fax: (805)-788-2041

Mapping and Transfers Fax: (805)-781-4034


Yes, the Assessor needs to know the following:

  1. The date the boat was sold
  2. Who purchased the boat

This is to ensure the correct owner is assessed for the correct year.

Yes, the taxes cannot be pro-rated by either the Assessor or the Tax Collector's Office. Any activity occurring after the lien date only affects the following year.

The Assessor uses various approaches to arrive at the value of your vessel/watercraft. These include the purchase price of the vessel/watercraft, improvements or upgrades that have been made to the property and recent sales of comparable vessels in the open market.

Yes, the lien on ownership and the responsibility for the taxes are established on January 1st for the following tax year beginning July 1st.

Yes, only boats and airplanes owned and held in inventory for sale by a licensed dealer are exempt from property taxes.

California registration indicates the boat is kept in California. If it is in the County more than six (6) months, it is taxable here.

Yes, this information will help to prevent you from receiving a tax bill on property you no longer own during the next roll year. However, you should fill out a Release of Liability form with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Liability for vessel property taxes attaches to its owner as of 12:01 a.m. on January 1st each year (lien date).  The bill for the coming tax year is then issued to the owner of record at that time, and that individual is liable for the taxes even if the boat was sold soon after that date. The Assessor cannot pro-rate the assessments.