(Boat Noise Ordinance Flyer - 477kb)
For those who live along Kirkland shores, the City cares that the shorelines, water quality and wildlife are protected. For those who recreate in our waters, the City encourages safe boating, swimming, skiing and other water activities. For all who enjoy Lake Washington near Kirkland, we want you to “Have Fun. Have Respect.”
The City of Kirkland is committed to public safety in the areas of Lake Washington that are within our jurisdiction. In June 2012 the City enacted an amendment to its existing public disturbance ordinance that allowed for the regulation of watercraft noise (Kirkland Municipal Code 11.84A.070). The law prohibits noise such as frequent, repetitive or continuous sounds from a horn or siren; excessive engine noise; and audio sound system noise audible from 300 feet or more. This amendment was in response to community concerns about an increase in noise from boats such as stereo, engine, and loud voices from boat passengers on Lake Washington along Kirkland’s shores.
In May 2013, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 4066 which updates Kirkland Municipal Code Title 14 "Waters & Surfacecraft."
The City contracts with King County Sheriff’s Office for marine related services. The City’s current waterfront jurisdiction extends from the City of Bellevue’s border, north to Kenmore.
The City recognizes that many enjoy our lake areas for many reasons and in many ways. Unfortunately, disruptive behavior, such as speeding, unsafe driving due to alcohol consumption, and boat passengers jumping from one boat to another, can happen and may need a response from law enforcement. If you observe these hazardous behaviors, please report them immediately by calling 9-1-1.
City Harbormasters are on duty at the Marina Park Dock and Second Avenue South Dock from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They are on duty seven days a week from 1 to 10 p.m. and assist boaters with purchasing moorage, boat launch access cards, and docking rules and regulations.
Page updated: July 1, 2013