I have submitted my petitions for a ferry license and to establish rates, what is next?

After you have submitted both your petition for a ferry license and your petition to establish rates, with all supporting documentation, two resolutions will be introduced to the Legislature. The first resolution will be a Procedural Motion to set a Public Hearing for your proposed license and rates. The second resolution will be an Introductory Resolution that will need to be adopted to formally establish your license and rates.

Additionally, during this time, our Budget Review Office will be drafting a report based on the financials you submitted with your petition. This report will provide the Legislators with an overall understanding of your operation that you are seeking to obtain a license for, the rates you are looking to set, and your overall financial status. The report must be submitted within 45 days of your completed petition that is filed with the Legislature Clerk’s Office and the Legislature Budget Review Office.

Click here to view an example of a Procedural Motion to set a Public Hearing.

Click here to view an example of an Introductory Resolution to establish license and set rates.

After the Introductory Resolution to establish your license and set rates has been adopted, you will receive a copy of a certificate with the term of your license. This certificate should be displayed at the point of ticket purchase and on each of the vessels named in your approved petition.

Additional information regarding obtaining a ferry license

Is there a fee associated with obtaining a ferry license? Yes, there is a fee associated with obtaining a license, which is dependent on the number of hours it takes to draft the Budget Review Report. The maximum fee associated is $2500 and the specific amount will be provided to you at the completion of the report.

Will I need to renew my license? Yes! Please take note of the duration of the license you are applying for. As an example, if you are applying for a license from May 2021-May 2024, you will need to return to the Legislature Clerk’s Office prior to May of 2024, to begin taking the steps toward submitting a license renewal/extension. Click here to view the information needed for a license renewal.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please email the Clerk of the Legislature or call (631) 853-4074