Marinas and moorings

Find out more about setting up new marinas and moorings.

We have updated our Online Mooring Policy following a consultation at the end of 2017, and a further review.

We will be ending the automatic online reduction policy, whereby we had previously removed one long-term online mooring for the creation of every ten off-line marina moorings. Over the past ten years nearly 600 online permanent moorings have been removed as thousands of new offline moorings have been created. The new policy does not support the creation of lots of new linear moorings, but in certain circumstances they may be appropriate if they meet strict criteria. Moorings that have been removed to date will not be reinstated, and this will not affect existing marinas or those currently in development where online mooring reduction has already been agreed.

If you believe your proposal meets the criteria in this Online Mooring policy please refer to our detailed information. Once you have read this you may proceed to making an application. *please note you will need to register or set up a new account to use this system. 

If your proposal requires any physical works then you will be asked to complete an additional works proposal following our appraisal. 

For the assessment of new mooring location there is a non-refundable fee of £90 inclusive of VAT (at standard rate) towards our administration and initial assessment costs. Payment will be requested as part of your online operating proposal application. 

Please note: 

On the Kennet & Avon Canal we will not permit the creation of any further offside moorings. This underlines our commitment to delivering the policies within the Kennet & Avon Canal Conservation Plan (second edition, October 2000):

Policy H10: There will be a general presumption for the offside bank to remain non- accessible.

Policy H10.2 There is a presumption against the creation of moorings, paths and access on the offside canal bank, although a case may be made for this in some urban locations.

Please note that although we may consider applications for the ‘urban’ areas of Bath, Bradford on Avon and Devizes, we will not grant any new moorings east of Lock 28 (the foot of the Caen Hill lock flight).

Applications for the Montgomery Canal will be tested against the Boat Traffic Model and will only be approved where there is capacity to absorb them.

Moorings in Lee Valley Regional Park are subject to Lee Valley Regional Mooring Criteria. 

If you wish to set up offline moorings in a marina, mooring basin or lay-by, please refer to our new marinas pages.

If you own a residential property and you wish to moor your own, private boat please go to our mooring pages.

If you wish to apply for the installation of a new slipway, canoe launches, dry docks or upgrades to existing facilities please refer to our Boatyards pages. As these works will require physical works then you have to complete an additional works proposal form.

Last date edited: 29 April 2019