Commercial use of City Tidelands within Newport Harbor is allowed with the issuance of an annual Commercial Tidelands Permit or under a Commercial Tidelands Lease Agreement.
Permit or Lease Documents
The choice between a Permit or Lease document is at the commercial tidelands user’s discretion. Please find samples of the annual Permit and Lease here:
To obtain a Permit or Lease, please complete and return one of the following forms:
To transfer a Permit or Lease, please follow the instructions found here:
The annual rental rate for each commercial tidelands user is determined based on the type of activity(ies) occurring upon the tidelands, and the square footage dedicated for each activity.
The following rates are effective March 1, 2021 through February 28, 2023:
Commercial Use Category*
Annual Rental Rate
Annual Rental Rate
|Large Commercial Marinas||
|Medium Commercial Marinas||
|Small Commercial Marinas||
|HOA Marinas/Docks for Non-members' Use|
|> 30,000 SF||$1.26||$1.34|
|13,000 SF to 30,000 SF||$0.96||$1.02|
|< 13,000 SF||$0.83||$0.88|
|Yacht Club Guest Slips||$0.40||$0.42|
|Free Public Access Docks (not associated with a restaurant)||$ -||$ -|
|Vessel Rental Facility (Boat Rentals)||$0.83||$0.88|
|Sport Fishing Charters||$0.83||$0.88|
|Restaurants' Guest Slips||$0.40||$0.42|
|Fuel Docks *||$0.83||$0.88|
* The Annual Rental Rate for commercial tidelands being used as Fuel Docks can be calculated one of three ways, per City Council Resolution No. 2018-09. The table above reflects the base rent only calculation option.
Beginning on March 1, 2019, annual rental rates may be adjusted on the first day of March each Permit/Lease year to reflect an increase in the cost of living, as indicated by the Consumer Price Index. Additional information regarding rental rates can be found in City Council Resolution No. 2017-49 and No. 2018-09.
Permit/Lease Area & Appeal Process
Included in each Permit/Lease is an exhibit identifying the tidelands associated with each commercial user.
The commercial tidelands have been mapped using the City’s GIS system and the Permit/Lease area for each property can be viewed here:
If you would like to discuss the commercial use category or the square footage used to calculate your annual rent, please contact Chris Miller, Administrative Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-644-3043.
Insurance is required of Commercial Tidelands Permit holders (Permittees) and Commercial Tidelands Lease holders (Lessees); the most current requirements can be found here:
Each Permittee/Lessee is responsible for carrying insurance coverage required by the Permit/Lease, and providing proof of such insurance coverage to the City. Upon renewal each year, please submit the required insurance documentation to Lauren Wooding Whitlinger, Real Property Administrator, at email@example.com or 949-644-3236.
Pollution Legal Liability Program
In April 2017, after receiving feedback from Permittees/Lessees that pollution legal liability coverage, one type of insurance coverage required by the Permit/Lease, was difficult to obtain and cost prohibitive for some tidelands users, the City created a harbor-wide pollution legal liability policy program.
The program has been renewed as of April 2020, and a new 3-year pollution legal liability policy has been purchased through Tokio Marine Specialty Insurance Company. Each Permittee/Lessee that elects to participate in the program is listed as an additional insured under the policy and is billed for their allocated share of the 3-year premium. Details of the new 2020-23 policy can be found below.
Permittees and Lessees must complete the following application form:
Policy information can be found here:
- 2020-2023 Pollution Legal Liability Policy Overview
- 2020-2023 Policy Text (coming soon!)
- 2017-2020 Policy Text
- October 30, 2017 Tidelands Appraisal for Fuel Doc Use
- July 12, 2017 Tidelands Appraisal for Other Commercial Uses
- April 7, 2016 Tidelands Appraisal for Large Commercial Marinas
Recent Meeting Notices and Meeting Information:
- Public Hearing Notice for February 13, 2018 City Council Regular Meeting
- Public Hearing Notice for July 25, 2017 City Council Regular Meeting
- Meeting Notice for July 25, 2017 City Council Regular Meeting
- March 14, 2017 City Council Meeting Study Session - PowerPoint and Minutes
- Meeting Notice for March 14, 2017 City Council Study Session
City Council Resolutions
|City Council Resolution 2018-09|