Houseboats in NSW
Transport for NSW is supporting best practice houseboat operations across the state through the NSW Houseboat Access Policy announced in October 2021. The policy supports a consistent management strategy for houseboat access, operation, and mooring arrangements on NSW waterways.
What is a houseboat?
A houseboat is a vessel, floating object, structure or other apparatus (eg pontoon) that provides accommodation on water.
Operating a houseboat
Houseboat owners, operators of houseboat hire businesses and or related commercial mooring licensees, must stay up to date with existing waterway management arrangements and issues in their area of operation.
Know the rules
Maritime officers do a great job looking after our local waterways and the many people that use them.
Any person, including a commercial mooring licensee that is using or looking to use a houseboat in NSW waters (including a mooring) is encouraged to discuss these issues with the local Boating Safety Officer to help you understand the rules. We recommend that you investigate whether the proposed activity requires approval under any other marine legislation or environmental plans.