Permits on Barrow Navigation, Grand Canal and Royal Canal

Boats on the Barrow Navigation, Grand Canal and Royal Canal must display a valid permit. In order to apply for a permit you will be required to provide evidence of insurance (3rd party  minimum).   All permits are annual and are valid from 1st November to the 31st of October.

There are Four types of permits available, depending on your boating requirements.

Combined Mooring and Passage Permit (CMP)

Holders are permitted to pass through locks and to moor at the same Public Mooring for up to five days in any calendar month. Permits are issued on the basis of a completed application form, are subject to certain conditions and cost €126. Permits take the form of a window sticker which must be shown on the permitted craft at all times. You can apply for a CMP here

Non-Residential Extended Mooring Permit (NR EMP)

This grants a boat owner the right to leave their boat in one location for longer than five days. A NR EMP allows a vessel to moor in an allocated location for up to one year. An NR EMP is non-residential and the vessel cannot be used as a primary residence. A vessel owner may stay overnight for up to 90 nights in any one year. An EMP includes a CMP and costs €278.

Residential Extended Mooring Permit

Waterways Ireland has 20 houseboat serviced mooring locations in Grand Canal Dock and 8 houseboat services mooring locations in Shannon Harbour, Co. Offaly.  All of these houseboat serviced mooring locations are currently occupied. These are the only locations in which Residential Extended Mooring Permits are issued, currently there are none available.

Visitor Permit

Boats entering the Canal System and staying under 31 days can apply on entry for a free permit. This permit can only be used once every calendar year. Boats intending to stay more than the 31 days must apply in advance for the Combined Mooring and Passage Permit and if intending to stay one location longer than five days will also need an Extended Mooring Permit as above.

Applications for permits are made through our website here

For further information on permits please contact;

Assistant Inspector of Navigation  or  +353 (0)57 935 2300

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