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RMS Mooring Information and Links

    • A NSW private mooring licence allows you to moor your vessel at a specific site on navigable waters. Here's how to apply and the rules you must follow-

    • What is a private mooring licence?

    • A private mooring licence permits you to moor your vessel on navigable waters. The licence is valid for 12 months. It will be renewed on payment of your annual private mooring fees.

    • This licence is not a lease of the seabed and there is no guarantee of tenure. The general position of the site is determined (and may be varied) at the discretion of Transport for NSW. However, it’s the responsibility of your chosen mooring contractor to ensure the mooring and its location are suitable for your vessel.

    • Eligibility

    • Private mooring licences are only issued to individuals. They’re not issued to a partnership, company, organisation or association.

    • A person may not have more than 2 private moorings in the one designated mooring area.

    • A private mooring licence is only issued when the vessel to be licensed to the mooring is:

    • 5.2 metres or more in length, and

    • registered in NSW or holds a Certificate of Operation or Unique Identifier issued under the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012.

    • Before the licence is issued, the vessel will be subject to a visual assessment. See visual suitability of vessels on moorings to ensure that it’s suitable for your preferred mooring area.

    • Licence conditions

    • A private mooring licence is subject to special conditions. Non-compliance with these conditions may result in the cancellation of your licence and/or any liability insurance for your vessel becoming null and void. See Private Mooring Licence conditions for more information.

    • A private mooring licence cannot be sublet or traded in any way.

    • There may also be special conditions specific to your mooring area. For information or issues relating to these specific conditions, contact Transport on 13 12 36 (option 2).


NSW Maritime is conducting a state-wide audit of moorings. The mooring audits are conducted each year between March and September.

The audit program aims to:

  • reduce salvage costs of vessels that sink

  • safeguard the marine environment

  • increase mooring compliance and remove mooring minders

  • improve water safety and access, and potentially reduce wait list times for moorings in some areas

  • protect customers from purchasing non-compliant vessels on the secondary resale market

  • register non-compliant vessels and alert potential buyers to any outstanding mooring issues when transferring ownership

The audit process

  1. Before an audit is conducted, a letter will be sent to the registered mooring licence holder advising the licence holder that an audit of their mooring and vessel has been scheduled for the following month. The letter will contain information on what needs to be done to make the vessel and mooring apparatus compliant with the mooring licence conditions. A brochure with details of the mooring licence conditions will be attached to the letter.

  2. The audit will be conducted by a Boating Safety Officer, and a follow-up letter will be sent with the result of the audit.

  3. If your mooring and vessel are fully compliant, and Proof of Service was provided as requested, you will receive a thank you letter, and no further action is required.

  4. If your mooring and/or vessel are non-compliant, a letter will be issued listing the defect/s that you must rectify. This may include an official caution or a penalty notice (fine).

  5. Mooring licence holders will be given time to fix the non-compliances or remove the vessel and give up the mooring. The timeframe is generally 21 days from receipt of the letter.

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