Mission and Meetings
The Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency (RBRA) is a local government agency serving Belvedere, Mill Valley, Tiburon, and unincorporated Southern Marin. RBRA is dedicated to maintaining and improving the navigational waterways, open waters, and shoreline of Richardson’s Bay
There is no scheduled meeting of the RBRA Board of Directors in July, 2020.
Being on Richardson’s Bay
Welcome to your temporary stay on Richardson’s Bay! Vessels may anchor in the bay up to 72 hours without a permit. If you wish to stay longer, click here for the application to request a 30-day permit from the Harbormaster.
See attached Transition Packet being distributed for vessels interested in enrolling in the Safe & Seaworthy program by October 15, 2021.
Please note that each vessel owner and operator is responsible for securing their vessel and ensuring it does not drift, drag, sink or otherwise get loose on the bay or onto the shoreline.
RBRA is not responsible for vessels or dinghies that have drifted, dragged, run aground or sunk; the agency may tow and impound such vessels as a health and safety measure for persons, property, and/or the environment. Vessel owners who wish to retrieve their vessel must reimburse the agency for the agency’s costs to secure, tow, impound and/or store the vessel. Vessels that are marine debris will not be allowed back in Richardson’s Bay.
You may contact the RBRA Harbormaster about retrieving your vessel at 415-971-3919 or firstname.lastname@example.org; immediate response about retrieval may not be possible during a storm event.
The Richardson Bay Resource Guide provides information about rules and access to assistance.
Click here for information about preventive measures.
Click here for more information about RBRA regulations and vessel responsibilities
On June 11, 2020, the RBRA Board of Directors adopted a Transition Plan with a vision, goal, principles, and policy direction for the anchorage. The plan affirms a vision for the bay as a temporary anchorage, while providing a pathway for certain pre-existing eligible vessels that are determined by RBRA to be safe & seaworthy to remain for a limited duration.
Vessels arriving into the bay may not stay more than 72 hours without permission from the Harbormaster. An Anchoring Permit Application to request a stay longer than 72 hours is available here.
On September 12, 2019, the marine ecology firm Merkel & Associates presented a summary of its Mooring Feasibility & Planning Study to the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency Board of Directors. The Ecologically-based Mooring Study by Merkel & Associates released November 11, 2019 analyzed eelgrass and other bay conditions to inform decisions on potential mooring locations, equipment, capacity, and transiting to shore.
On July 11, 2019, the RBRA Board of Directors adopted Ordinance 19-1 updating requirements for vessels on Richardson’s Bay.