Commercial Slip Information and Fees

Commercial Slips
There are only 50 slips that the City of Morro Bay operates directly and those slips are rented to commercial vessels as defined in Section 15.04.150 (PDF) of the Morro Bay Municipal Codeand in City Resolution No. 23-91 (PDF).

Each year vessels occupying a City slip must qualify as a commercial vessel to retain their slip for the next year. In general, vessels must provide proof of fishing via fish tickets with a dollar amount of $1,000 per net documented ton or a minimum of $5,000 for state registered vessels. Combinations of days fishing and fuel use may also be used - see Resolution No. 23-91 for details.

Slip Fees
Slip fees are based on the overall length of the vessel or of the slip, whichever is greater and are due in advance. A 10% discount is available to commercial slip holders who wish to pay their slip rent a year in advance. The year is according to the City Fiscal Year (July 1 - June 30). In addition, for slip holders who will be out of their slips either for repairs/maintenance or fishing out of the area, there is a 75% reduction in the monthly rate provided the slip holder notifies the Harbor Department 2 weeks prior to the month the vessel will be absent. This reduction is only available for the calendar month. Any time a commercial slip is vacant, the City Harbor Department controls which vessel may occupy the slip on a daily or monthly basis.

Following are rate charts for commercial slip rates and a Commercial Slip Vacancy Notification form that slip holders can use to notify the Harbor Department if they intend to be out of the slip for any extended time.