Register and launch a power boat / jet-ski

All power boats and jet-skis launched in Gwynedd must:

  1. register with Gwynedd Council
  2. have a valid permit (either annual or daily)

Register and launch a power boat / jet-ski

(you will need to create an account if you don't already have one)

View terms and conditions

2021/22 Fees

  • Register and annual launching permit:  £150
  • Register only: £40
  • Daily launching permit: £20

Note! The annual permit runs from 1 April to 31 March each year.


Frequently asked questions

Do I need to register and buy a permit?

All power boats and jet-skis launched in Gwynedd must be registered with Gwynedd Council and have either an annual or daily launching permit for Gwynedd.

All vessels less than 10 HP must register. Vessels with an engine less than 10HP must register at the launching site or at one of the Harbour Offices.

What happens after I register and buy the launching permit?

You will need to arrange to collect your registration number / launching permit from one of Gwynedd’s Harbour Offices. When ordering online there will be an option for you to note from which Office you wish to collect them.

When you go to the Harbour Office to collect you will need to show your confirmation e-mail or bring your booking reference number with you.

What is the launch fee?

The daily launch permit (£20) or the Annual Launch Permit (£150) allows you to launch from Gwynedd’s beaches or public slipways either for one day only (daily launch) or for multiple unlimited use (annual launch). These permits exclude any slipway at Pwllheli harbour in 2021.

The boat/jet-ski must be registered with Gwynedd Council before you can purchase either a daily or annual launching permit.

The simplest way to register and to buy a launching permit is to do so online beforehand. 

You can also buy from the Gwynedd Harbour Offices all year round, and from Abersoch and Morfa Bychan beaches between 1 April and 30 September (cash only). 

What if I buy a new boat after I register?

You will need to register your new boat/jet-ski.

If you have an annual launching permit you can transfer this to your new boat/jet-ski. We will require confirmation of the name and address of the new owner. A fee of £40 is payable for the annual permit transfer.

For further details contact the Maritime Unit:

Lost or damaged registration number or permit

If your permits are lost or damages please contact us:

Further information

If you have any enquiries about registering or launching a boat in Gwynedd, please contact us:

Further information can also be found at:


Gwynedd Moorings /Harbours

There are several moorings and harbours in Gwynedd:

Contact details for Gwynedd Harbour Offices

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

  • Porthmadog Harbour Office
    The Quay, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9LU
    Phone: 01766 512927

  • Barmouth Harbour Office
    The Quay, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1HB
    Phone: 01341 280671

  • Aberdyfi Harbour Office
    The Quay, Aberdyfi, Gwynedd, LL35 0EB
    Phone: 01654 767626

  • Hafan Pwllheli
    Glan Don, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 5YT
    Phone: 01758 701219

  • Beach Officer, Abersoch / Pwllheli area
    Phone: 07831 216043

  • Beach Officer, Black Rock Sands / Porthmadog area:
    Phone: 07702 719023