Every powerboat or ‘jet-ski’ that uses or crosses Gwynedd Council owned, or managed coastal areas, must be registered with Gwynedd Council.

Gwynedd Council have a Marine code that must be obeyed

How to register / renew permit

Before you register/renew you must read the Gwynedd harbours and coast regulations and certify that the vessel is insured for a minimum sum of £3 million third party.

The first time you register you will receive a large permanent permit, and a small permit which needs to be renewed annually.

When you register, you also have the option to purchase an annual launch permit - allowing you to launch as many times as you like in Gwynedd during the year without paying the daily launch fee.

  • Post: Download vessel registration form
    Return to the address noted on the form along with a cheque for the appropriate fee: View registering and launching fees
    Please note: Card payments will not be accepted at the Main Council Offices. Postal applications may take up to 14 days to be processed – incomplete or illegible forms will not be processed.

Register in person: You can register at any of the Councils Harbour Offices or main beaches during the summer months.

Daily launching fee

There is a daily launch fee of £10 per day to launch from Gwynedd’s beaches or public slipways (with the exception of Black Rock Sands which is £13 including the parking fee).

Please note: cash, card or cheque payments.


Annual Launching Fee

Alternatively you can purchase an annual launch permit which is inclusive of the registration fee, and which allows you to launch your craft from any of Gwynedd’s public slipways or beaches without paying the daily launch fee. Annual launching permits can be applied for via the post or in person

Please note: The registration year runs from 1 April to 31 March.


Permit Transfer

If you change your boat/craft you will require new permits.

Please do not remove the large permits from your old vessel, but if possible remove the smaller permits and return, together with the old and new craft details and a cheque for the appropriate fee to the address below:

Maritime and Country Parks Service, Gwynedd Council, Embankment Road, Pwllheli, Gwynedd. LL53 5AA


Permit Replacement if lost or damaged

If your permit is lost or damaged, you will need to apply for a replacement permit by contacting the Maritime and Country Parks Service directly on 01758 704066 or via e-mail


Using your vessel in Conwy or Anglesey

If you have registered with Gwynedd Council, you can also launch from Anglesey or Conwy. All you will need to pay is the daily launch fee to the relevant council. Likewise, if you have registered with either Conwy or Anglesey Council, your registration is valid for Gwynedd. All you will need to pay is the daily launch fee to Gwynedd.

Mooring Fees


Mooring Forms

Please contact the relevant Harbourmaster directly should you have any enquiry regarding your vessel, mooring fees or charges.


Further Information

Information about beach and harbour safety can be found in the guides below


Beach Maps


Contact us

  • Email:
  • Phone: 01758 704066 
  • Address: Maritime and Country Parks Office, Gwynedd Council, Embankment Road, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 5AA.