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A private mooring licence is an annual licence that allows you to moor your vessel on navigable waters. A fee is attached to the application, and depending on availability, your request may be put on a priority waiting list.  You can apply for a private mooring licence online.

Note: There are savings available for pensioners.


  • You must be the registered owner of the vessel to be attached to the mooring

  • Your vessel's registration must be current.

        You may be eligible for a 50% discount on the licence fee if you hold one of the following:

  • NSW Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) issued by Centrelink or Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA

  • DVA Gold card endorsed with:

        - TPI (Totally & Permanently Incapacitated)

        - EDA (Extreme Disablement Adjustment)

  • War widow/er.

  • Have evidence from the DVA confirming:

         - you receive a disability pension of 70% or higher or an intermediate pension, or

​       - you've been assessed at 50 or more impairment points.

What you need

  • The mooring location required

  • Your personal and contact details

  • Your vessel's details

  • Credit card details for payment

  • Copies of the following to upload:

Note: Proof of identity documents must be verified copies.

  • additional documents as indicated in the online mooring map and form.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.

  2. Select the 'Apply online' button.

  3. Select the mooring area required from the map.

  4. Log in or create an account.

  5. Complete the online application form.

  6. Upload the required documentation.

  7. Read and confirm the declaration.

You can view all you need here on our Links & Forms Page or you can Apply Here - Private Mooring Application


NSW Maritime conducts 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:

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.

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

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.

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).

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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