Moorings and marinas
Marinas are facilities to accommodate houseboats and other large river craft, and may include homes and commercial facilities. Mooring structures such as a jetties, pontoons, wharves and landings are used to secure smaller boats in marinas, along the riverbank or on the riverbed.
Marinas and mooring structures on the Murray
Proposed developments involving marinas and mooring structures along the River Murray in South Australia must be assessed and approved by the state Planning agency as well as the councils in which they are located.
The Guide to Marina and Mooring Structure Development Along the River Murray in South Australia provides directions for developers, councils and the community about how and where such structures should be built. It includes a site suitability checklist to ensure that developments are located in appropriate places and are environmentally and economically sustainable.
The guide should be read in conjunction with the EPA's Code of Practice for Vessel and Facility management for Marina and Inland Waters.
For an alternative version of a document on this page see Planning contacts.
Building a mooring structure
If you wish to construct a permanent mooring structure, check with the local council as a development application may be required.
If the structure will be over the seabed or foreshore, a lease or licence from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure may be required. For more information phone Maritime Safety on 8260 0275.
Important information about moorings
- Moorings are not permitted in any channels or harbors without prior approval from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
- Moorings within sanctuary zones of marine parks require a permit, for which a fee may be payable.
- Fees apply for mooring in established marinas and boat havens.
- The vessel owner is liable for all damages in the case of an accident related to a mooring.
- Mooring to a navigational aid is an offence under the Harbors and Navigation Act 1993. Maximum penalty $750.
- Mooring at or near to a jetty or wharf owned by the State Government is only allowed for a maximum period of four hours in any day under the Harbors and Navigation Regulations 2009 unless authorised by signage or an authorised person. Maximum penalty $1250 - expiation fee $160.
- Moorings that obstruct navigation or pollute the environment may be required to be removed by the owner.
- Failure to remove a mooring when required may incur penalties and removal costs.
- Any mooring that may impact on navigation safety or property, including other vessels will be required to be removed.
- Moorings on the River Murray, Lake Albert, Lake Alexandrina, Currency Creek, Finniss River, Hindmarsh Island and the Goolwa area are the responsibility of Crown Lands. For more information phone their Berri Office on 8595 2105.
- Moorings in the Glenelg River are also the responsibility of Crown Lands. For more information phone their Mount Gambier office on 8735 1176.
- Moorings within port boundaries require the permission of the port operator. Contact Flinders Ports for information on moorings within the ports of Port Lincoln, Wallaroo, Port Pirie, Thevenard, Port Giles, Klein Point or the Port of Adelaide.
ContactTo get advice about the suitability of a mooring site for your boat phone Maritime Safety on 8260 0275.
Check a mooring site is suitable for your boat
To get advice about the suitability of a mooring site for your boat phone Marine Transport Safety Compliance on 8260 0220. Remember that any mooring that pollutes the environment or obstructs navigation may be required to be removed by the owner. Failure to remove a mooring when required may incur penalties and removal costs.
Overcrowded mooring sites
If you think there is congestion or overcrowding around your proposed or existing mooring site, phone Marine Transport Safety Compliance on 8260 0220 for an assessment of the area. The assessment may result in:
- the recording of all moorings (latitude and longitude) and their identifying features
- owners with a mooring previously assessed by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure being contacted to find out the status of their mooring
- objection to any proposed mooring
- moorings posing a hazard to navigation may be removed or their owners requested to remove them at their own cost
- moorings seen to be polluting the environment may be removed or their owners requested to remove them at their own cost
- declaration of the area as a boat haven.