How do I apply for a new boat permit?

Please download and complete the application form and submit via email to info@nca.gov.au. There is no fee for a boat permit. Please include in your application a photo of your boat, motors, HIN or VIN and photographic evidence of your safety equipment (including bailing bucket, paddle, torch, fire extinguisher and anchor/rope). The permit form is found here.

How do I apply for a renewal boat permit?

Existing annual boat permits are automatically renewed before 1 July each year. A letter and permit sticker will be sent to your address. There is nothing required from you to arrange this. If your contact details have changed, please contact the NCA via info@nca.gov.au

Is my petrol powered vessel permitted?

C1 permits (coaching, rescue and judging) – Use of petrol motors is permitted.

C2 permits (general use) – Petrol motors do not have to be removed from boats but, except in the case of an emergency, they are not permitted to be used on the Lake. Auxiliary (electric) motors are allowable on the Lake.

C3 Permits (Lake management and special interest) – Petrol motors are permitted subject to special conditions.

C4 Permits (commercial use) – Petrol motors permitted subject to conditions.

Do you need a permit for non-powered watercraft?

Non-powered craft such as sailing boats and canoes do not require a permit to go onto the Lake.

What is the charge for an NCA boat permit?

There is currently no charge for NCA issued boat permits.

Can I have my fishing boat on the Lake?

Yes, but please remember the following when fishing on the Lake:

  • You must apply for a boat permit if your fishing vessel is powered. You must only use auxiliary (electric) motors whilst on the Lake
  • A permit is not required for non-powered watercraft (kayaks, canoes, etc.)
  • Lake Burley Griffin is classified as “open waters” meaning you may fish all year around
  • You must comply with the Fisheries Act 2000 when recreational fishing in the public waters of the ACT. More info is found here
  • The exclusion zone at Scrivener Dam is not available for fishing, all other areas on the Lake are non-restricted
  • Please be aware of the Recreational Policy and Traffic Flow Guide

How do I get a boat permit for Lake Ginninderra, Lake Tuggeranong, Kingston Harbour, and Molonglo River above Lake Burley Griffin?

The NCA regulates Lake Burley Griffin only. Please contact Access Canberra for boat permits for Lake Ginninderra, Lake Tuggeranong, Kingston Harbour, and Molonglo River above Lake Burley Griffin.

I have a coaching/rescue/judging boat for an upcoming event, do I need a permit?

All powered boats require a permit to go onto the Lake. Coaching, rescue and judging boats are permitted to use petrol motors and require drivers to be licenced with boat licences. Temporary permits are available for short term use such as for events.

For coaching, rescue and judging boats, please apply for a C1 permit. Please download and complete the application form and submit via email to info@nca.gov.au. There is no fee for a boat permit. Please include in your application a photo of your boat, motors, HIN or VIN and photographic evidence of your safety equipment (including bailing bucket, paddle, torch, fire extinguisher and anchor/rope).

The permit form is found here.

How do I apply for a commercial boat permit?

A Section 33 (Commercial) Licence Agreement application must be submitted to the NCA if you wish to conduct any of the following activities on, or on the shore of the Lake:

  • Selling, or offering for sale, food, drink or other articles or goods
  • Letting, or offering to let, on hire bicycles, boats or other articles
  • Carrying, or offering to carry, passengers, articles or goods in or on a boat for fee or reward
  • Carrying on the business of boat repair

More info is found here.

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Last reviewed: 7 August 2020

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