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Registering your boat for use on Loch Lomond

Byelaws were introduced on Loch Lomond to improve safety, reduce disturbance to wildlife, local people and visitors. Some byelaws apply to all users of Loch Lomond however, legally, if you are using motorised vessels on Loch Lomond you’ll need to register it with the National Park Authority and display the registration number on your vessel.

New registrations

  • If you have already sent a completed new registration form and are waiting on receipt please call – 01389 722030.
  • If you have still to apply please download the form at the bottom of this page. Please bring the completed form, along with your ID to DMMS.

Re-registration forms for 2024 were posted out at the end of January 2024. These can either be posted back to the Boat Registration Officer, Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway, Pier Road, Balloch, G83 8QX or brought in person to Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway (Open daily, 9.00am – 3.30pm). If re-registering in person please ensure you bring identification as detailed below.

If you require further assistance please call us on 01389 722030 or email with your enquiries.

When you arrive at the Slipway to register or re-register, you’ll need to bring a few things with you…

What you’ll need


If you are registering for the first time whether in person, by post, by email or re-registering in person at Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway, you’ll need to provide proof of identity. This can be either a UK photocard driving licence or two forms of identification, one photographic confirming your name (such as a passport) and the other to confirm your address (utility bill or bank statement).

If registering in person your ID must be originals, not copies. If you are registering by post or email, please scan your original document and include a copy with your completed form. We cannot return scanned copies but they will be securely destroyed once your identity has been verified.

Your fee

  • Annual Operations Payment (voluntary)– we’ll ask for a voluntary payment of £30 at the time of registration and re-registration. This contributes towards registration number materials, the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat and services on the loch.
  • Registration numbers –should you choose not to pay the annual operations payment, £11 (plus £4 postage if registering by post) is required to supply the registration number materials.
  • Launch fee– for any craft using National Park Authority launch facilities.

Please note: Use of the slipway for non-powered vessels is free, provided they are not launched using a vehicle.

How to Pay

Bring your completed form to Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway, where you can pay in person by credit or debit card, for security reasons we are no longer able to accept cash payments at the slipway.

You can pay online through our Online Payment for Registered Boat Users


Launch pass type Cost 
Multiple launch pass £104.60
Single launch pass (launch and retrieval) £26.20
Commercial vessel multiple launch pass £334.60
Non-powered vessel Free


These charges help us to provide facilities and services across the National Park including at the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway.

What happens next?

When you have registered and paid, you will be issued with two annual marks, two full sets of registration numbers, letters and backing sheets, a copy of the byelaws booklet and a card to assist you in the recognition of buoys marking the navigational hazards of Loch Lomond.

For those opting for the Multiple Launch Pass, you will be issued with a receipt for your purchase along with a copy of the Terms & Conditions to the use of the Multiple Launch Pass and National Park launch facilities. Your purchase of the Multiple Launch Pass will be recorded on the boat registration database and applies to the relevant vessel registration number.

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