Navigation Bye Laws

All the waterways managed by Waterways Ireland have their own rules and requirements that boats owners must agree to comply with when registering or completing a permit application.

On six of the navigations the rules and requirements are Bye-laws created by legislation and are enforced by Waterways Ireland's Inspectorate. On the Lower Bann a Voluntary Code is in place drawn up by the stakeholders and which waterway users are requested to follow.

Waterways Ireland has summarised the top managment issues raised under the bye-laws: mooring, life-jackets, registration & permits, speed and developed a leaflet called the Good Boating Guide​ which is available from​

The Bye-laws themselves are available for all to read:

​Erne System

​​Barrow Navigation, Grand Canal & Royal Canal

​​​​Shannon Navigation & Shannon Erne Waterway


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