Scotland has some of the best sailing waters in Europe and demand for mooring space is high. Whilst navigation in coastal waters is a public right, the laying of a permanent mooring, or other equipment to hold a vessel, requires consent from the relevant landowner. For seabed, this consent will nearly always come from Crown Estate Scotland.
Crown Estate Scotland operates a licensing system to provide security of tenure for boat owners, whilst protecting the interests of other marine users.
We issue three types of mooring licence.
- This is suitable for private individuals
- A licence for businesses such as ferry operators, boatyards, charter boats and diving vessels
- We help set up moorings associations to provide a degree of local management. Once established, associations are given a seabed agreement enabling them to manage their members’ moorings within a specific area. Associations are suitable for groups of ten or more moorings and provide a degree of security as pressure on areas traditionally occupied by moorings increases. Another advantage is that the annual charge is less than the fee for an individual mooring.
How do I obtain a licence?
- Contact us and other boat owners in the area to discuss your chosen position for your mooring(s). We will tell you if there are existing rights or activities that may prevent Crown Estate Scotland giving a mooring in your intended location
- Request an application form by emailing email@example.com, then complete and submit it
- If your mooring(s) do(es) not conflict with any existing or proposed works, your application will be passed to our local representative to progress
- If you are interested in forming an association, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will be in touch
Statutory navigation consents
Mooring owners will also need to obtain statutory navigation consent from the Scottish Government, a Harbour Authority or the Clyde Moorings Committee to ensure that your mooring will not constitute a hazard to navigation. The process will vary depending on the location of your mooring and we can advise you on this.
Loch Creran is a Special Area of Conservation. Argyll & Bute Council has specific guidelines for anyone wishing to install a mooring. These can be found at www.argyllmarinesac.org
Please note that we work closely with bodies representing the sailing and boating community to prevent unregulated moorings remaining. We can take legal action to have them removed to protect the safety and interests of other marine users.
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