The Seventeenth Coast Guard District is responsible for the permitting of all Private Aids to
Navigation (PATON) locate in Alaska. Private Aids to Navigation (PATON) include lighted structures and daybeacons, lighted and
unlighted buoys, RACONs and fog signals, which are installed and maintained by anyone other than the Coast Guard. There are over
160 privately operated and maintained aids to navigation in the Seventeenth Coast Guard District. This includes all waters under
Federal jurisdiction in Alaska. Owners of these private aids include marinas, yacht clubs, municipal and state governments,
construction and dredging companies, research and non-profit organizations, beach front associations, large industrial concerns
and individuals. In order to establish a Private aid(s) on navigable waters regulated by the federal government, you are required
to obtain either a Coast Guard permit or Coast Guard letter of no objection. To obtain an application for a permit, form CG-2554,
contact the 17th Coast Guard District PATON Manager.
mooring buoys normally do not require a Coast Guard permit, provided they do not cause more than a
minimal adverse effect on navigation and display the standard markings. The same is true of most information and regulatory marks,
such as swim buoys, no-wake buoys, and race course buoys. Owners contemplating establishing such buoys should also contact the
Army Corps of Engineers, their State Authority, usually the Department of Natural Resources, to determine what additional state
and local requirements may exist.
The Seventeenth Coast Guard District PATON Manager will provide applicants with assistance in processing their paperwork. Assist the
applicant in interpreting Federal regulations governing private aids to navigation. Provide the applicant with copies of their
previously issued permits (Note: Approved PATON application are considered a legal document and should maintained on file with the
applicant). In addition sample illustrations showing standard markings for private aids to navigation, and lists of commercial ATON
manufacturers are available. Please contact the 17th Coast Guard District PATON Manager for further information and assistance.
Owners are reminded of their responsibility for the proper operation and maintenance of their private aids to navigation. When owners
receive discrepancy reports from the Coast Guard, they are obligated to take immediate action to correct the discrepancy. Mariners
are reminded that they have a responsibility to report discrepant private aids to the nearest Coast Guard unit. All marine aids to
navigation within the Seventeenth Coast Guard District area of responsibility, both private and federally maintained, are user monitored.
The failure of a mariner to report a discrepant marine aid to navigation may result in casualties to others. The Coast Guard issues
broadcast notice to mariners for reported discrepancies which remain in effect until the discrepancy is corrected or is published in the
Local Notice to Mariners.
The links found on this page explain the Seventeenth Coast Guard Districts Private Aids to Navigation (PATON) Program. You will find the
for submitting your application. Information on Federal Regulations and
sources of supply for your private navigation markers is also available
here. If you have any questions about Private Aids to Navigation Program,
please contact us.
1. Handout:Helps explain the U.S. Coast Guard PATON program. Includes a list of companies that sell PATON products.
2. Booklet: Helps to explain the U.S. Aids to Navigation System and the standardized waterway marking system.
3. 33 CFR Part 62: Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 62, United States Aids to Navigation System.
4. 33 CFR Part 66: Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 66, Private Aids to Navigation.
5. CG-2554: United States Coast Guard Private Aids to Navigation Application Form.
6. Example CG-2554: Helps to explain filing out the application form.
7. Mooring Buoy Guide: Helps to explain the Mooring Buoy approval process.
8. Government Agency Guide: Helps give guidance as to which government agencies to talk to in Alaska.
Regulatory Changes allowing LED Lighting Equipment
LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting equipment has been approved for use as PATON
as of March 08, 2004. If you are considering installing a light please contact
the 13th Coast Guard District PATON Manager before purchasing your lighting
equipment. For more information regarding this regulatory change, and others,
review this document from the Federal Register LED Lights.
Auxiliary Private Aids to Navigation Verifications
The Coast Guard Auxiliary assist the Coast Guard by
conducting Verifications of Private Aids to Navigation to ensure the aids
are functioning and are being maintained according to their application.
Below are the documents to assist the Auxiliary when conducting these