Application for Boat Permit


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

The use of powered craft on Lake Burley Griffin (the Lake) is permitted under provisions of the Lakes Ordinance 1976. [External Link]

Powered boats require a permit to go onto the Lake. Permits are issued throughout the year and are renewed on an annual basis. Temporary permits are also available for short term use such as for events.

Permit Categories

There are four categories of permits issued for power boats on Lake Burley Griffin. These are:

  • Category 1 – Conventional powered boats used as rescue, coaching or judging boats in support of aquatic sports
  • Category 2 – Electrically powered and solar powered boats and trailerable yachts with auxiliary power
  • Category 3 – Boats used for lake management, special interest boats (such as 'traditional boats')
  • Category 4 – Commercial tourist use (e.g. ferries)

Click here for more information on Boating on Lake Burley Griffin

Boat Licences

The National Capital Authority requires drivers of powerboats (petrol and electric) used for the following purposes to be holders of either a current powerboat driver's licence issued in any Australian state or territory; a ‘TL3' certificate issued under the Australian Yachting Federation National Powerboat Training Scheme; or a National Powerboat Handling Certificate from Australian Sailing:

  • C1 Boats used for rescue, coaching or judging boats used by organised sports
  • C3(A) Boats used for Lake management, scientific research or other specified non-recreational uses
  • C4 Power Boats for commercial tourist use

Boats used for the following purposes will be exempt from needing a boat driver's licence (a permit is required):

  • C2(A) Boats used for general use (including fishing boats)
  • C2(B) Trailerable yachts with auxiliary power
  • C3(B) ‘Special Interest’ boats (including Traditional Boats with maximum speeds of 10 knots)

Further Information

Power Boat Permit Application

Issued under section 26 of the Lakes Ordinance 1976.

Important note: Should you be granted a permit to operate a vessel on Lake Burley Griffin (the Lake), you must adhere to all the conditions/restrictions that are stipulated on your National Law Certificates and/or Exemption. Your NCA permit may also be subject to additional conditions specific to the Lake.

Safety Inspection

Before the FIRST ISSUE of an annual power boat permit or temporary boat permit for any category of boat, an ACT Water Police inspection is required (commercial vessels excluded). Permit renewals do not require inspection provided there has been no changes in the boat details or specifications. A copy of this section signed by the ACT Water Police must accompany your application for it to be considered by the delegate. A scanned copy or photograph of the signed form should be attached to your application.

The ACT Water Police are located at Yarralumla. For inspections phone (02) 6245 7393.

Before you proceed, please make sure you have a photo of your boat, motors and a digital copy of your safety inspection (if you are applying for a new permit).

Applications will not be considered unless all of the required documentation has been provided.

Application for Boat Permit

Permit Type

Details of Applicant/Organisation

Boat Specifications

Motor Details

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File types must be JPG, PNG, GIF or PDF. File size must be under 5000Kb (5Mb).
File types must be JPG, PNG, GIF or PDF. File size must be under 5000Kb (5Mb).

Application and Statutory Declaration

I hereby apply for the use of the power boat described above on Lake Burley Griffin.

I hereby certify to the best of my knowledge that the boat will be used in accordance with the Permit Category for which this application has been lodged.

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