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 by the current owner is a legal requirement. It
requires the boat owner to complete an on-line registration or return a
completed Registration Form to the appropriate navigation. The boat’s
Registration Number must be displayed as directed and users must comply with
the navigations bye-laws. If the boat is sold Waterways Ireland must be
informed. Boats should be registered with the Navigation in which
the vessel is mainly used and berthed (either LOUGH ERNE or SHANNON). Valid
registrations will permit temporary visits to the other navigational waters (Shannon Navigation & Lough Erne
Navigation only). However, boats previously registered on the Shannon
but currently mainly use and berth on Lough Erne and vice versa must be
re-registered to the home berth navigation. Registered
Shannon or Lough Erne boats wishing to enter waterways managed under the Permit
system are additionally required to apply for the appropriate Visitors permit in advance of travel. (See Permit
Craft Registration (Shannon Navigation and Erne System)
Shannon / Erne Navigation falls under Shannon Navigation control.
Boats on the Shannon Navigation with engines more than 15bhp have a legal requirement to register with Waterways Ireland.
Boats on Lough Erne Navigation with engine more than 10HP have a legal requiremsnt to register with Waterways Ireland.
Any changes to ownership must be notified to Waterways Ireland immediately.
- 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;
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.
3. Submit the online card payment of €278.