Moorings and pens

Find out about the rules regarding use of moorings in Western Australia and licensing of moorings in mooring control areas.

  Application to use moorings or boat pens

Members of the public wishing to use a mooring or boat pen at a Department of Transport managed maritime facility may contact each harbour directly; most will be able to cater for short-term stays on a casual basis.

However for maritime facilities at full capacity, members of the public who wish to moor their vessels on a long-term (annual) basis will need to apply to be placed on a wait list (see below).


A separate form is to be used for moorings in Mooring Control Areas (MCAs). Go to Mooring control area rules.

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 Mooring and pen wait lists

Find out about mooring and boat pen availability at metropolitan and regional boating facilities.

 Swing moorings in WA waters

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

 Swing mooring licences

Find out how to apply for a swing mooring licence and the different classifications.

 Maintenance of swing moorings

Swing moorings require maintenance and are regularly inspected. View our list of approved contractors to find one in your area.

 Shared Use Mooring Systems (SUMS)

The Shared Use Moorings System (SUMS) aims to increase access to recreational moorings. Find out how the SUMS work, their locations and read our frequently asked questions.

 Mooring regulation streamline review

In 2014 the Department of Transport (DoT) commenced the Mooring Regulation Streamline Review to improve the way moorings are managed in WA.
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