The Harbour Dues Year runs from 1st January to 31st December. Harbour Dues are payable for the whole of a Harbour Dues Year and cannot be paid for part of a Harbour Dues Year. 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)
Harbour Due Plaques are not transferable from one vessel to another.
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.
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).