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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.

Due to Scottish Government protection levels the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway office will be closed from Thursday 24 December until further notice. Boat registration will still be available online and via email during this time. Enquiries can be sent to Please note that all National Park Authority offices are closed for the festive period from Friday 25 December 2020 to Tuesday 5 January 2021 inclusive.

How to apply

Boat registrations run from 1st February – 31st January each year.

  • New registrations – complete our  Boat registration form and refer to our  explanatory notes.
  • Re-registrations – you will receive an annual registration declaration form in the post near the end of the registration period. Check that information about you and your vessel is correct.

Return your form by post or in person to: Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway (address top right).

What you’ll need


If you are registering for the first time or re-registering without your renewal form, you’ll need to provide proof of identity, either in person or by post. This can be either a UK passport or driving licence (or other form of photographic ID), supported by a utility bill or credit card statement containing your address and phone number.

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, £6 (plus £2 postage if registering by post) is required to supply the registration number materials.
  • Launch fee – for any craft using National Park Authority launch facilities. The fee has two options, an annual launch fee (£80/craft per year) or a single use (day rate) fee (£20/craft).

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

How to Pay

  • In person – by credit or debit card. Bring your completed form to Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway.
  • By phone – if you have registered by post you can pay by credit/debit card payment over the phone on 01389 722608. Once you have posted your completed form to the Registration Office, we will contact you to arrange payment.
  • By e-mail – please scan and e-mail your completed form to:, we’ll contact you to arrange payment over the phone.
  • Onlineonline payment is available for registered boat users.

For security reasons we are no longer able to accept cash payments at the slipway.

Launch pass type Cost 
Multiple launch pass £80
Single launch pass £20
Commercial vessel multiple launch pass £250
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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