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Harbour Dues & Charges

Harbour Dues charged pursuant to S.26 of Harbours Act 1964 & S.54 of Crouch Harbour Act 1974  

Harbour Dues are payable on all vessels afloat on the rivers Crouch and Roach including off-river and mid-river marinas, basins, creeks, saltings, private land and mud berths and the requirements for display of Harbour Dues Plaque apply (Crouch Harbour Act 1974, s.55). 

All vessels that are afloat within the CHA District must pay Harbour Dues.  This charge is separate and unrelated to charges made by the Marina, Mooring and Boatyard Operators for berth hire (long or short term).

The revenue derived from Harbour Dues is used by the CHA to meet the cost of the management of the harbour including but not restricted to:

  • Giving advice and assistance
  • Maintaining navigation aids and marks
  • Seasonal patrolling
  • Publishing and distributing tide tables and Notices to Mariners both in hard copy and via website
  • Enforcement Byelaws
  • Providing information in regard to commercial traffic movements

Schedule of Harbour Dues and Charges 2018

 (Yachts, Recreational Craft, Fishing Vessels, Houseboats)

Annual Harbour Dues (inc. VAT) - for full details see download in the right hand column

Commercial Charges - please contact the Harbour Office on 01621 783602 or by email

Discretionary Discounts are available for latecomers (see Latecomers’ Discount below).

Prompt Payment Rate we offer a discounted rate available only to:

  • Vessels on which dues are paid on or before 30th April (please note this has changed from previous years)

  • Vessels launched after 30th April only if dues are paid without being prompted, reported or reminded within 7 days of first annual launching on condition that proof of launch date is provided.

    If you are not afloat by 30th April and you are intending to launch within the next few months, it may be beneficial to pay your dues prior to launching to gain benefit of the Prompt Payment Rate.

    NB: It is a condition of acceptance of the Prompt Payment Rate that the issued Harbour Dues Plaque is displayed on the vessel and is visible at all times. 

Vessel Length
Feet Metres Full Dues *Prompt
8.00 - 15.50 2.44 - 4.73 £37.30 £26.11
15.51 - 21.50 4.74 - 6.55 £51.48 £36.04
21.51 - 26.50 6.56 - 8.07 £65.14 £45.59
26.51 - 32.50 8.08 - 9.90 £68.29 £47.81
32.51 - 38.50 9.91 - 11.73 £79.85 £55.90
38.51 - 49.50 11.74 - 15.08 £92.11 £64.47
49.51 - 59.50 15.09 - 18.12 £101.75 £71.23
59.51 + 18.13+ £129.59 £90.72 

Latecomers’ Discount

Discretionary discount available only to vessels paying annual Harbour Dues before or within seven days of first annual launching, without being reported, prompted or reminded.

Discount for first launching in August 20% discount on Prompt Payment Rate; September 30% discount on Prompt Payment Rate; October to December 50% discount on Prompt Payment Rate.  NB: Vessels reported afloat unpaid which are not eligible for Latecomers’ Discount will be liable to the full Annual Harbour Dues rate and the penalty charge based on that rate.

Charges for Visiting Vessels

Visiting vessels are entitled to one visit in any Dues year of up to 14 consecutive days free of charge before being charged for Harbour Dues.  NB:  Only applies to vessels coming in from seaward.

Short Visit Dues

Maximum visit of up to 4 weeks (28 days) in any Dues year.

Vessel Length
Feet Metres Dues
8.00 - 15.50 2.44 - 4.73 £6.12
15.51 - 21.50 4.74 - 6.55 £8.16
21.51 - 26.50 6.56 - 8.07 £10.20
26.51 - 32.50 8.08 - 9.90 £13.26
32.51 + 9.91 + £17.34

Short Visit Dues Are Not Available For/ Applicable to:
Waterski Boats; Personal Watercraft (Annual Registration required)
Canoes (Kayaks), Sailboards, Rowing Boats, Bona fide tenders under 16’ long (Exempt Dues as defined)

Other Vessels

Water Skiing Vessels (Annual Reg. Fee inc. H. Dues)
Members of Woodham Ferrers Water Ski Club £93.00
Other Waterskiing Vessels  £180.00
Personal Water Craft (PWC)
All Craft  £180.00
Junior Fleet Dinghies (sailed only by 16 year olds and under)
Sailing Dinghies max length 16 ft. £8.16
Club Safety Boats/Yard Launches/Workboats

Launches/RIBs owned and registered to established local clubs and used solely for the benefit of the membership on club activities. Bona fide Yard Workboats & Launches up to 12 metres in length


Exceptions: Harbour Dues are not charged on:

Canoes (Kayaks), Stand Up Paddle Boards, Sailboards, Rowing Boats (other than Gigs), Emergency Services vessels (HMCG Declared Resources only), Vessels in RNLI service.

Bona Fide Tenders under 4.87m (16’) length provided clearly marked “Tender to (mother vessel)”. Tenders over the length of 16' charged at 50% of ordinary Harbour Dues rate.
NB. PWC's (Jet Skis) are not permitted to be used as a tender.

Gigs up to 16ft will be classed as a tender and exempt from Harbour Dues anything over 16ft will be charged £30.00 per annum.

Harbour Dues are charges for use of the Harbour within the Authority's jurisdiction as defined in Crouch Harbour Act 1974, which the Authority is empowered to make by that Act and by Harbours Act 1964.

Charges must be fair and reasonable and any person affected has a right to object to the Secretary of State for Transport under S.31 of Harbours Act 1964.

Harbour Dues are recoverable by the authority as a Civil Debt. The penalty charge for recovery of unpaid dues is three times the ordinary rate plus costs (Crouch Harbour Act S.58).

The Authority has the power under S.44 of 1847 Harbours Docks and Piers Clauses Act to distrain on (seize) vessels or their equipment to secure payment of Harbour Dues.



The Harbour Dues Year runs from 1st January to 31st December. Harbour Dues become payable when the vessel is first launched/afloat during the year and the payment/Harbour Dues plaque expires on 31st December.

Payment of dues is evidenced by the issue of an adhesive Harbour Dues Plaque (annually coloured) which must be displayed on the vessel, on the front of the mast  or in a screen/window, visible from Port side. If no Dues Plaque is displayed the Authority is entitled to regard the dues as unpaid and proceed accordingly. (Crouch Harbour Act S.56)

If you do not intend to launch this year, have left the river or have sold/purchased a new boat it is important that you notify us. Please download the above Boat Notification Form and return to the Harbour Office.

Visiting Vessels Coming in from Seaward
Visiting vessels are entitled to one visit in any Dues year of up to 14 consecutive days free of charge before being charged for Harbour Dues.

Vessel Length
Length is measured on deck from stem to stern. Include any fixed bathing platform and any fiddlehead. Exclude bowsprits, bumkins, stern davits and external rudders.

Penalty Charge for Non-payment of Harbour Dues
Three times the full rate Annual Harbour Dues, recoverable as civil debt, plus costs. (Crouch Harbour Act 1974 S.58). The Authority also has the right to distrain (seize) vessels and/or equipment in satisfaction of unpaid charges.

Clarification of CHA Harbour Dues Payment
Harbour Dues are charged pursuant to s26 of the Harbour Act 1964 and s54 of the Crouch Harbour Act 1974. This charge is SEPARATE and UNRELATED to charges made by the Marina, Mooring and Boatyard Operators for berth hire (long or short term).