Vessel Turn In Program (VTIP)

Grant applications (due by April 30th) are temporarily not being accepted. New information is currently in progress. DBW anticipates a re-opening date of April 1, 2015. Thank you for your patience.

The Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) provides an alternative for boat owners to surrender an unwanted recreational vessel to participating public local agencies.

VTIP was established by Assembly Bill (AB) 166 (Chapter 416, Statutes 2009) and became effective January 1, 2010. The program provides grants to public local agencies to administer a turn-in program in their jurisdiction. Funding for VTIP comes from the Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund (AWAF), but is separate from the existing AWAF program and receives separate budget authority. Participation in the current AWAF program is not required to participate in VTIP.


DBW will review all applications and award grants to eligible agencies after the passage of the fiscal year budget. Please see the Information Summary for more information. You may also call the VTIP program analyst, Susan Sykes, at (916) 327-1825, or email