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Registering your boat for use on Loch Lomond

We introduced Byelaws on Loch Lomond to reduce disturbance to wildlife, local people and visitors, as well as improve safety. 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.

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

Identification

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 (£55/craft per year) or a single use (day rate) fee (£15/craft).
  • These charges will be changing from 1st April 2019. Find out more.

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 – pay by cash (until 31st March 2019), credit or debit card. Bring your completed form to Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway.
  • By post – until 31st March 2019, you can pay by postal order payable to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, addressed to Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway (see address at top of page).
  • By phone – if you have registered by post you can pay by credit/debit card payment over the telephoneon 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: boatregistration@lochlomondtrossachs.org, we’ll contact you to arrange payment over the telephone.
  • Online – from 1st April 2019 you will be able to pay online.

From 1st April 2019, for security reasons, we will no longer be able to accept cash payments at the slipway.


As of 1st April 2019, the launch fee charges are changing. These charges help us to provide facilities and services across the National Park including at the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway.

We are also introducing a charge for launching commercial powered craft. The introduction of a commercial charge is in keeping with other similar services around the loch and will help to manage the use of the slipway to ensure that recreational boat users’ access to this service is protected.

You can find the updated charges below. If you’re unsure how this affects you, please download our frequently asked questions document at the bottom of this page.

Launch pass type Cost (from 01/04/2019)
Multiple launch pass £80
Single launch pass £20
Commercial vessel multiple launch pass £250
Non-powered vessel Free

 

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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