What is a Private Mooring Licence?
A mooring licence permits you to moor your vessel on navigable waters and is renewable annually. A mooring 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 Maritime. It is however the responsibility of a mooring contractor to ensure that the mooring and its location are suitable for the vessel in question.
A Private Mooring Licence is subject to special conditions. Non-compliance with these conditions may result in the cancellation of the licence and/or your liability insurance may be null and void. To view these conditions click here.
Generally, the maximum number of mooring sites that can be accommodated in an area is subject to a number of considerations including water depth, navigational requirements, seagrass beds and foreshore facilities.
A Private Mooring Licence cannot be sublet or traded in any way.
For specific conditions/issues that may relate to your mooring area please contact your local Maritime Operations Centre.
Private Mooring Licence fees
The annual mooring licence fee is determined by the mooring location and vessel length. In addition an establishment fee applies for an initial Private Mooring Licence.
Fees also apply to change a vessel on a mooring, relocation of mooring site within the same area and to transfer the mooring from one person to another. Conditions apply.
Obtaining a Private Mooring Licence
Private Mooring Licences are only issued to individuals. They are not issued to a partnership, company, organisation or association.
A person may not have more than two private moorings in the one designated mooring area.
In mooring areas designated ‘Residents Only’ a person may not have more than one private mooring. These areas exist in Pittwater and lower Hawkesbury River. Please contact Maritime for details.
A Private Mooring Licence is only allocated when:
The vessel will be subject to a visual assessment (refer to Visual Suitability of Vessels on Moorings) to ensure that it is suitable for the particular mooring area.
If no vacancy exists for your preferred mooring area you can, on application and payment of the prescribed fees have your name added to a priority waiting list. These lists are maintained in strict order of receipt of application and payment.
What is a Priority Waiting List
An application fee is required, based on the minimum mooring fee for the area. When the licence is issued this fee is deducted from your initial Private Mooring Licence fee.
Where the area has no immediate site available, you will need to:
When a site becomes available the following will apply:
If the offer is accepted the applicant will have a further 31 days to:
Once the Private Mooring Licence is issued you will need to:
Where an applicant is unable to accept the offer, the applicant may make written request to remain on the waiting list but will revert to the bottom of the list. Where a subsequent offer is made and is again declined the applicants name will be removed from the Priority Waiting List. A refund, less an administration fee, will be issued on receipt of a written request.
If no response to the offer is received within 14 days, reasonable steps to contact the applicant will be made. Where the applicant is not able to be contacted, their name will be removed from the Priority Waiting List.
In order to provide applicants with adequate notice of impending offers of a mooring site, letters are issued every three months to the top five applicants on each Priority Waiting List indicating:
When a site becomes available in an area, it is offered to the first person on the Priority Waiting List. Some areas have high turnover, while more popular areas have limited turnover.
How to Apply for a Mooring in an Area with Immediate Availability
Where the area has immediate availability, you will need to:
Once the Private Mooring Licence is issued you will need to:
Cost for the purchase, installation and servicing of the mooring apparatus is the responsibility of the mooring licensee. On cancellation, the licensee is responsible for removing the apparatus from the seabed.
You must notify Maritime if you intend to change the vessel licensed to your mooring to allow for re-assessment of space requirements. Once a suitable replacement vessel is purchased you must complete an Application to Change Vessel on Mooring (which incorporates a Statutory Declaration - Vessel Ownership) and pay the prescribed fee.
Transferring of a Private Mooring Licence
Should you wish to relocate your mooring site within the same designated mooring area you are required to lodge an Application For Relocation Of Private Mooring Within The Same Mooring Area Code.
The application will only be processed once your preferred site becomes available. A fee applies and is payable at the time the mooring is relocated. Please note, there is no guarantee as to when relocation may occur or if at all.
The cost involved to re-position the mooring apparatus is the responsibility of the mooring licensee.
Priority Waiting Lists
Cancellation and refund requests must be in writing and signed by the applicant. All refund requests will incur an administration fee.
Private Mooring Licence
Cancellation and refund requests must be in writing and signed by the licensee. On receipt of your written request, Maritime will respond and indicate that the vessel and mooring apparatus be removed within 7 days.
The refund applies from the date written notification is received or when the vessel and mooring apparatus is removed from the water, whichever is the later. However the refund will not be processed until Maritime has confirmed removal. All refund requests will incur an administration fee.
Change of address
Maritime must be advised immediately of any change to address and contact details. This ensures that all correspondence is sent to the correct address and Maritime can contact you should there be a problem with your vessel or mooring.
Visual Suitability of Vessels on Moorings
Vessels moored on a private mooring or commercial mooring, are subject to a number of conditions, including:
Vessels must be visually suitable for the bay and be maintained in a seaworthy condition which means being capable of undertaking a voyage.
The following criteria is used to assess a vessel’s visual suitability for a mooring:
Vessels must be kept in good condition including, but not limited to the following:
A vessel will only be deemed to be in a seaworthy condition if it is capable of undertaking a voyage.
The above conditions will not be enforced in relation to vessels that are the subject of a formal agreement for repair by a business provided that the repairs commence within thirty (30) days of the vessel first occupying the mooring.