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Permits

Access, mooring and passage-making on the Grand & Royal Canals and Barrow Navigation are controlled by means of permits. Bye-law amendments are currently with Waterways Ireland sponsor departments which will enable the organisation to bring in further types of permits and differentiate fees for services provided along the canals

There are three type of permits in place all with different requirements which enable the boater to suit their own style of boating while remaining within the Bye-laws. ​


Combined Mooring and Passage Permit

All boats (unless staying less than 30 days in one period within 12 months) require a Combined Mooring & Passage(CMP) Permit and are permitted to pass through locks and moor at Visitor Moorings or any location within 500metres of that location (that is not an extended mooring location) for up to 5 days in any calendar month. The permit costs €126 per annum.

To apply for a CMP Permit, a boat owner can;

    1. D​ownload the application form​;  or contact tel no +353 (0)57 935 2300 and ask for an Application for a Combined Mooring & Passage Permit to be posted.  
    2. Return the completed Application for a CMP Permit  with payment of €126 to Waterways Ireland, Harbour Rd, Tullamore, Co Offaly.

The permit will be posted out. The permit must be displayed on the boat at all times.

Boats that cruise and move (staying at a Visitor Mooring for up to 5 days) will not be in breach of the Bye-laws or require an Extended Mooring Permit.​


Extended Mooring Permit

An Extended Mooring Permit grants a boat owner the right to leave their boat in one location for longer than 5 days. This permit will enable the holder to moor in a position allocated by Waterways Ireland on a soft bank area of navigation property for a period of up to 1 year. The Extended Mooring Licence will cost €152 per annum.

Only holders of a valid Combined Mooring and Passage Permit will be able to apply for the Extended Mooring Permit.

    1. Read​​ the Guidelines and draft licence
    2. Download the application form​;  or, contact tel no +353 (0)57 935 2300 and ask for an Application for a Permit to be posted.  
    3. Return the completed Application for a EMP Permit  with payment of €152 to Waterways Ireland, Harbour Rd, Tullamore, Co Offaly. A security deposit of €250 will also be required

Boaters wishing to apply for both permits at the same time can do so by ticking both boxes on the application form.



​​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 staying one location longer than five days will also need an Extended Mooring Permit​​ as above.
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