Boat Registration and Permits
Two craft management systems are in operation on the waterways managed by Waterways Ireland:
*A Code of Practice is in place on the Lower Bann.
Registration is essential, free and requires the boat owners to complete and return a registration form, mount the registration number provided and obey the bye-laws. If the boat is sold Waterways Ireland must be informed. As the Bye-laws on the Shannon and Erne are different, a different form is used for boats which mainly reside on one waterway. A system
of mutual recognition is in place, so there is no need to change the number if moving temporarily or permanently to another waterway operating the registration system. Boats entering waterways managed under the Permit system are required to apply for the appropriate permit in advance of travel.
Craft Registration (Shannon Navigation and Erne System)
Boats on the Shannon Navigation with engines more than 15bhp are obliged to register with Waterways Ireland. On the Erne registration of craft with engines over 10bhp is obligatory
Any changes to ownership must be notified to Waterways Ireland immediately.
Boats moving from the Shannon or Shannon Erne Waterway need not re-register as a mutual recognition scheme is in place.
If you have a query about registration on the Shannon contact the Inspector
or telephone +353 (0)90 6494232
or on the Erne contact the Warden
or telephone +44 (0)28 6634 6230.
Permits are essential on the Grand Canal. Royal Canal and Barrow Navigation. The permit requires the boat owner to:
- complete the online application and pay the appropriate fee
- mount the permit provided; and
- obey the bye-laws.
There are three types 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. Boats leaving the Grand Canal or Royal Canal to enter waterways managed under the registration system are not required to register as the permit on display is sufficient.
To apply for a CMP Permit, a boat owner can;
1. Complete the online Application Form
2. Submit the online card payment of €126.
You should print your own permit, however if required one 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.
The Extended Mooring Permit supersedes and included a Combined Mooring and Passage Permit.
1. Read the guidelines
2. Complete the online Application Form
3. Submit the online card payment of €278.