Boat Permits and Registration
Waterways Ireland manages the navigations under a range of legislative measures. For boat owners this means that the regulations (Bye-laws), fees and registration process depend on the waterway on which the craft is to be based.
Registration is required for craft on these navigations. It involves the completion and submission of a Registration Form. No fee is charged, but a number will be supplied which must be adhered to the craft. A mutual recognition system is in place on these waterways, so boats may travel between these navigations without re-registering. Travel to other WI navigations will require a Permit.
Any questions, please contact by email Lough Erne Warden
NOTE: Bio-security for Boat Movements between Waterways
The regulations that apply are called Bye-Laws. The Bye-laws for these navigations are:
S.I. No. 80/1992 – Shannon Navigation Bye-Laws, 1992;
Lough Erne (Navigation) Bye-laws (Northern Ireland) 1978 and 1986
A permit is required for mooring and moving craft on these navigations. Different types of permits are available depending on how the boat is used and a range of fees apply from €126 to €278 per year. A sticker will be supplied which must be displayed on the craft.
Contact email: Assistant Inspector of Navigation
Tel no +353 (0)87 286 5726
Boats showing a permit may travel between these navigations on the same permit. Permit holders, displaying their permit may travel to Erne, Shannon-Erne and Shannon for one month without registering. Boaters planning a longer journey should register.
The Bye-laws that apply are
S.I. No. 247 of 1988 – Canals Act, 1986 (BYE-LAWS), 1988;
Boats in non-compliance with the bye-laws will enter an enforcement process. Enforcement is undertaken by Authorised Officers and will begin with a notification in the form of a sticker and if non-compliance continues may result in the craft being removed from the navigation at the owners cost.