Vol. 37 Iss. 7 - November 23, 2020

Chapter 20
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Department of Wildlife Resources is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 A 3 of the Code of Virginia when promulgating regulations regarding the management of wildlife.

Title of Regulation: 4VAC15-20. Definitions and Miscellaneous: in General (amending 4VAC15-20-66).

Statutory Authority: §§ 29.1-103, 29.1-501, and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: January 1, 2021.

Agency Contact: Aaron Proctor, Regulations Coordinator, Department of Wildlife Resources, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228, telephone (804) 367-8341 or email


The amendments extend the daily or annual fee provision for use of certain department-owned or department-managed facilities to include all department-managed lands and boat launch sites. This fee shall not apply to any person who is a passenger of but not the owner or operator of a paddlecraft or registered vessel.

4VAC15-20-66. Admittance, parking, or other use fee at certain department-owned and department-managed facilities.

A. Pursuant to the authority of the board under § 29.1-103 (14) of the Code of Virginia and in accordance with § 29.1-113 of the Code of Virginia, a daily fee of $3.00 or an annual fee equal to the price of an annual basic state resident fishing or hunting license is established for admittance, parking, or other use at department-owned wildlife management areas or department-managed lands, boat launch sites, and public fishing lakes. Such fee shall not apply to (i) any person holding a valid hunting, trapping, or fishing license, or a current certificate of boat registration issued by the department; (ii) persons 16 years of age or younger; or (iii) the use of department-owned boat ramps. any person who is a passenger in but not the owner or operator of a paddlecraft or registered vessel.

B. Any person violating this section may, in lieu of any criminal penalty, be assessed a civil penalty of $50 in lieu of any criminal penalty.

C. The director may waive fees for any person, group, or organization whenever such action is deemed to be in the department's interest. Any or all facilities may be closed by the director without notice due to an emergency or natural disaster. Full refunds or credits may be issued whenever the closure prevents any use of the facility during the term of the permit. Partial refunds of fees may be made in the interest of providing better customer service.

D. The director may allow deviations from established fees in the form of discounts or special promotions for the purpose of stimulating visitation and use of departmental facilities.

VA.R. Doc. No. R21-5914; Filed October 28, 2020