Harbour Dues

The public right of navigation is dependant on the payment of these dues and once a vessel is on the water, within Poole Harbour jurisdiction, it is ready to exercise the right of navigation and the Harbour Dues payment is required.

All ships entering the Harbour pay ‘Ship Dues’, which is the equivalent of a leisure vessel’s Harbour Dues.

The monies raised are primarily to maintain the harbour and to provide for it’s long-term viability, going towards the cost of:


  • Staff – To ensure the smooth and efficient management of the Harbour including safety of navigation, protection of the marine environment and responding to and managing marine emergencies.
  • Harbour Control – Equipment required for traffic management to assist the Harbour Control Officer including, Radar, AIS, CCTV, Comms and live Weather and Tidal information
  • Patrols – Providing advice and assistance to mariners and enforcing Harbour legislation.
  • Maintenance – Ensuring Aids to Naviagation are maintained to Trinity House requirements, mark the navigable channels, safe moorings are properly serviced and fit for use, patrol and workboat vessels are in service, channels surveyed and dredged where required, harbour signage and other essential equipment.
  • Removing Hazards – Any danger to navigation or pollution risk to ensure the harbour is safe to use.
  • Training and Development – Contributing to safe and efficient operations.

2024 Harbour Dues Decal

This year’s design features Navigational Buoy No.1, otherwise know as ‘Bar Buoy’ with a view behind of ‘Old Harry Rocks’ – part of the world famous Jurassic Coast.

‘Bar Buoy’ is the gateway to Poole Harbour and where Poole Pilots commence pilotage of commercial vessels through the narrow channels of the Harbour to their berths in the Port of Poole.

How Can I Pay My Dues?

We want to make the process of paying harbour dues as easy as possible for our visitors so that they can enjoy a hassle-free trip. To pay, you can visit us directly at the Harbour Office or use other clubs and marinas that will help. You can also make your payment online by clicking the link here.

The Enforcement of Harbour Dues

While the vast majority of those who pass through our waters are law-abiding patrons, we have unfortunately had incidents where it has become necessary to arrest vessels and sell them in order to repay harbour dues. The harbour authority has this right under section 44 of the Harbour, Dock and Piers Clauses Act 1847 and will exercise that right should they encounter such a situation.

If you pay your harbour dues, you are required to display your ‘harbour dues decal’ on the port side of your watercraft. Doing this clearly indicates to harbour staff, who check vessels at random intervals, that you are adhering to harbour byelaws. If your craft does not have this decal, the harbour authority is within their right to stop you, to check dues have been paid.

Harbour Dues from 01/04/2024 (per metre length)
Per Day £0.80
Per Week £3.38
Per Month £13.08
Per Annum £20.04
All plus VAT