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).

The Harbour Dues charge is based on the length of the vessel which is measured on deck from stem to stern. Include any fixed bathing platform and any fiddlehead. Exclude bowsprits, bumkins, stern davits and external rudders.

All vessels that are afloat within the CHA District must pay Harbour Dues. This fee is SEPARATE and UNRELATED to charges made by the Marina, Mooring & Boatyard Operators for berth hire/mooring (long or short term).

Anyone wishing to tow water toys such as ‘bananas’ and ‘donuts must apply for a Ski Licence.

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 of Byelaws
  • Providing information in regard to commercial traffic movements

Annual Harbour Dues (inc. VAT)
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.

It is a condition of the Licence that the issued Harbour Dues Plaque is displayed on the vessel and is visible at all times (not behind covers).

Harbour Due Plaques are not transferrable from one vessel to another.

Upload of a Photograph

The Crouch Harbour Authority has introduced the facility to upload a photograph of owner’s vessels onto our secure Harbour Database.
We would like to encourage all boat owners (with the exception of Paddle-Boards, Kayaks and Canoes) to participate in this scheme. This has the potential to assist both the CHA and other Authorities in the identification of your vessel, should it unfortunately become involved in either a matter of marine safety or crime.

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.

Boat Inspections

Please be aware that regular boat inspections are carried out throughout the year by Harbour Staff in regard to payment of Harbour Dues which apply to all vessels afloat within the Rivers Crouch and Roach. Please ensure that your current Harbour Dues Plaque is displayed on your vessel where it can always be seen. Owners are requested to ensure that the vessel name is displayed on either the bow or stern.
Vessels not displaying a plaque will be deemed not to have paid Harbour Dues. (Crouch Harbour Act 1974 S.56)

Penalty Charge for Non-payment of Harbour Dues
Failure to pay after written reminder will result in a Court Summons being issued for three times the full Annual Harbour Dues rate, 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. NB: If you have not notified the Crouch Harbour Authority of a change of ownership the registered keeper is still liable to pay the Harbour Dues.

Static Houseboats

Please see page Static Houseboats

Leisure and Commercial Vessels

Leisure and Commercial Vessels used within the Crouch Harbour Authority District will be required to have compulsory third party liability insurance with an indemnity of not less than £3,000,000.00

Hire & Reward/Fishing Vessels operating within the Crouch Harbour Authority District, in addition to paying Harbour Dues, are required to complete a Safety/Insurance/Coding Declaration.