If you are thinking of laying down a buoy mooring in any state waters, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure can provide you with a free assessment of your proposed location and whether it poses a hazard to navigation or to the safety of other vessels.
This assessment only looks at the suitability of the proposed mooring location. It does not assess the suitability of the type of mooring. For an assessment of the suitability of the type of mooring for the boat you should seek expert advice. You are liable if any mooring laid down or caused to be laid down by you should fail. This includes damage to other persons or their property.
Step 1: Complete the application form
Download and complete the application for buoy mooring assessment.
Step 2: Lodge the form
Post the completed application form to:
PO Box 2526
Regency Park SA 5942
Make sure you have:
- completed all sections
- entered the GPS coordinates in WGS84 format and these are complete down to 2 decimal places in the seconds eg 34º50'56.23"S 136º04'30.17"E
- attached a copy of the current registration form or survey certificate
- attached a photo of where the proposed mooring will be located with any existing moorings clearly marked.
Step 3: Site assessment
Your proposed buoy mooring site will be assessed to make sure it does not pose a hazard to safe navigation or cause pollution. This may include an inspection of the site if necessary.
Step 4: Assessment outcome
You will receive a letter with the assessment result.
If there is no objection to the location, contact a marine engineering firm to seek advice on the type of mooring needed for the intended purpose. Before you lay your mooring, make sure that the mooring:
- is appropriate for the size of the vessel in the worst of weather, water and tide conditions
- does not pollute the environment
- if a swing mooring, has adequate room in relation to other vessels
- avoids congestion in the area
- minimises the impact on the sea floor
- complies with all other government legislation and policies.
Remember that any mooring that pollutes the environment or obstructs navigation may be required to be removed by the owner. Failure to remove a mooring when required may incur penalties and removal costs.
If there is an objection, you cannot install a buoy mooring at that site. If you ignore the objection and you install the mooring, you will be required to remove it at your own cost.
On this site
Phone: 8348 9575