Swing moorings in WA waters

Find out about moorings managed by the Department of Transport, and how to obtain a mooring licence.

  Swing moorings and fees

What is a swing mooring?

In simple terms, a swing mooring is a storage solution consisting of an anchorage set deep into the seabed to which a chain/rope connects, running to a buoy on the surface. When the direction of wind or tide changes the mooring moves in a circle, hence the name swing mooring.


The Department of Transport administers swing mooring licences in accordance with the Mooring Regulations 1998. A copy of the Regulations can be found at the Department of Justice Western Australian legislation website below.


All mooring site licences will have a set of conditions associated to the class of mooring. Conditions of the licence set out requirements the licensee must adhere to on top of the regulations.

  • Recreational shared use mooring site licence conditions
  • Recreational exclusive use mooring site licence conditions
  • Commercial General mooring site licence conditions
  • Shared Use Mooring System (SUMS) conditions


To find out about the scheduled fees for moorings, visit Marine fees and payments.

Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Mooring Regulations 1998 (WA)
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