If you store your dinghy on a council reserve, you need to register it with Port Stephens Council.
What is a dinghy?
A dinghy is a single hulled or multi hulled vessel to a maximum of 3 metres. Water vessels which do not fit the dinghy definition cannot be registered and therefore cannot be stored on our foreshores.
Unauthorised vessels include:
- canoe or kayak
- any vessel over 3m in length
- medium/large trailable vessel
- trailer sailer/sailboat fitted with mast
- work punt or pontoon
- rowing skull.
Council rangers can remove unregistered and unauthorised water vessels from foreshore reserves. A Notice of Abandoned and/or Unattended Article will be issued to unregistered vessels. The owner has 2 weeks to register or remove the vessel before action is taken. To enquire about an impounded vessel, call 02 4988 0255.
How to register a dinghy
Download a form below and return by email or post. Alternately, you can register your vessel in person at Nelson Bay Visitors Information Centre or our Administration Building in Raymond Terrace.
- Find out where you can store a dinghy — read the list of Council Managed Foreshore Reserves (PDF 235KB).
- Review the Foreshore Dinghy Storage Policy on our Policies page.
- Review the Foreshore Dinghy Terms and Conditions (PDF 144KB)
- Complete a Foreshore Dinghy Storage Registration application form and pay the $100 annual registration fee by cash, cheque or credit card.
- For more information, read the Dinghy Factsheet.
Receive your individually numbered annual registration sticker.
Apply sticker to your vessel. Remember that you have to repeat this process next year.