Harbour arrangements during Covid-19

Information about purchasing a harbour licence

A licence to berth lasts for 12 months from the start of the season, irrespective of how long the vessel is kept in the water.  The duration the vessel is permitted to be kept in the water will depend on the type of vessel, the type of mooring and the insurance cover in place.  Fees are non-refundable once payment has been made (unless application is unsuccessful). Please contact us on 02891 824066.to discuss any queries before submitting your application.

Unfortunately it is not currently possible to apply for a harbour licence online. We are sorry for the inconvenience and are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding

Ards and North Down Borough Council is responsible for a number of harbours, located at:

  • Groomsport
  • Ballywalter
  • Donaghadee
  • Ballyhalbert
  • Cook St Pier

In line with the NI Executive’s announcement regarding reopening access to certain outdoor activities, including water sports, the Council’s harbours and slipways will be reopened on Wednesday 27 May 2020.

Terms and conditions of use of these facilities associated with the ongoing threat of community spread of Covid-19 must be adhered to (please see downloads below for further information).