A private mooring licence is an annual licence that allows you to moor your vessel on navigable waters. It is not a lease of the seabed.

You can use the mooring map to search and apply for a mooring. If there are no moorings available in your preferred area, you can join a priority waiting list.

Note: The general position of mooring sites is determined at the discretion of Transport for NSW and may involve approvals/permits from other agencies. Sites are subject to an ongoing range of assessments which can result in moorings being no longer available due to relocation or removal.


To be eligible:

  • you must be the registered owner of the vessel to be attached to the mooring
  • your vessel's registration must be current.

What you need

  • your vessel's registration number
  • copies of the following to upload:
    • your proof of identity – must be verified copies
    • your concession card (if applicable) – both sides, verified
    • a recent photo of the vessel
    • additional documents as indicated in the online mooring map and form
  • credit card details for payment.

How to apply

  1. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  2. Select the mooring area required from the map.
  3. Follow the prompts to apply for a mooring licence.

More information

  • Assessment factors may include:
    • safety of navigation
    • the environment
    • the amenity of the area.
  • Private mooring licences are only issued to individuals. They’re not issued to a partnership, company, organisation or association.
  • The vessel must be at least 5.2 metres in length, unless otherwise approved by Transport for NSW.
  • Concessions (if applicable) are only available for vessels used solely for recreational purposes.
  • The mooring will only be granted ‘subject to approval’ and will be assessed on the proposed vessel size, type and condition.
  • Costs associated with the purchase, installation, servicing or removal of mooring apparatus are the responsibility of the licence holder.
Last updated: 23 May 2024

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