Boats & Personal Watercraft

If It Floats, It May Be Subject To Property Taxes

  • This category of property includes jet skis, yachts, cruise ships, and everything in between.
  • Boats and personal watercraft are valued annually as of lien date, January 1.
  • Property valued at $7,500 or less will not be taxed.

Taxes on Moorings and Boat Slips

Private use of public property is taxable under certain conditions. If you rent or lease a mooring or boat slip from a city or the County, you may receive a property tax assessment if:

  • You are using facilities owned by a government agency (city, county, state, school district, etc.).
  • Your right to use government-owned property is independent, durable and exclusive.
  • You are not a government agency.

FAQ Assessment of Vessels

State of California Publications

The California Board of Equalization publishes a series of Assessor's Handbooks to provide guidance to local Assessors, refer to the handbook on Assessment of Vessels (AH 576) for more information.