Who Enforces Boating Laws?
The boating laws of Texas are enforced by the Law Enforcement Division of TPWD and other marine safety enforcement officers. All marine safety enforcement officers and game wardens are given the authority under the Texas Water Safety Act to enforce the boating laws of Texas. This includes the right to stop and board vessels in order to check for compliance with federal and state laws. The USCG has enforcement authority on federally controlled waters.
- Every person who violates or fails to comply with laws contained within the Water Safety Act is guilty of a TPWD Code misdemeanor.
- Those convicted of a misdemeanor must pay a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $500. In addition, they may be required to complete and pass an approved boater education course.