Moorings are used to secure a vessel in a particular location. Find out about the different mooring types, their uses and buoy colours.
- Buoy colour: usually yellow
- Licence type: private mooring licence, renewable annually
- This licence is not a lease of the seabed and there is no guarantee of tenure. A private mooring licence allows you to moor your vessel on navigable waters.
Learn more about private mooring licences.
Commercial and club moorings
- Buoy colour: orange (or red for clubs)
- Licence type: commercial mooring licence, renewable annually
- This licence is only issued to a business entity trading to provide marine-type services to the boating public, or a registered club or association (usually a boating or sailing club).
Learn more about eligibility and applying for a commercial mooring licence.
- Buoy colour: blue
- Licence type: not applicable
- Emergency moorings are used by Transport for NSW staff or police to store vessels in emergencies.
Marked by a pink buoy, courtesy moorings are free for the boating public to use on a 24-hour basis. To find a courtesy mooring, see our boating maps.