Regulatory Reference Guide


Welcome to the online Regulatory Reference Guide (RRG). It offers you the opportunity to search, sort and consult the rules impacting the recreational marine. The ICOMIA Secretariat invites all MIAs to check and update their sections frequently. We are sure that you will appreciate this very informative tool.

Please note: Currently, due to our recent website transition, the RRG is can not be edited by our members. MIAs will be informed as soon as it is possible to make updates. Before then, if you would like to update your country’s section, you can email your changes to

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Updated date Country Criteria
July 15, 2019 Canada Zero Emission Zones

The law is: No person shall operate a power-driven vessel in any of the waters described in Schedule 3, except as indicated in that Schedule.

The municipality must apply to Transport Canada for a “Vessel Operation Restriction Regulation” If it is approved then the combustion engines can be restricted. These are mostly smaller lakes but definitely an impact especially in the province of Quebec which has 254 restrictions.

This link identifies all the lakes in Canada which prohibit combustion engines (electric OK)

July 4, 2019 Netherlands Safety Equipment

Besides the legislation in the Inland Waterway directive, boats > 20m of >100 m3, there is no additional legislation in force. HISWA Holland Marine Industry runs a voluntary LPG certification system, as well as a system for Electricity, rigging and fire protection.

The dutch marine industry developed a certification system for Electricity, same as the Gas system underneath. A system for rigging is expected in 2014. HISWA Holland Marine Industry started with a LPG certification system, not only for the recreational craft but also for the Dutch Marine Industry Companies. Based on ISO 10239. The same system is now used for Electrical equipment and alarm systems.

July 4, 2019 Netherlands Marinas and Harbours

Special legislation for marina's has been consolidated with other sectors, but is still valid when a company does manage a marina of boatyard. Strict environment requirements and health/safety requirements are imposed on all marina's.

January 8, 2019 United Kingdom Safety Equipment

Local inland waterway regulations on carriage of equipment in force, and SOLAS based components for large yachts. All private craft over 13.7m (45 feet) covered by Merchant Shipping Regs as Class XII vessels requiring mandatory carriage of certain LSA and fire fighting equipment: this includes non-UK flagged vessels in UK waters and UK flagged in ALL waters. MCA Marine Guidance Note 599

January 8, 2019 United Kingdom Operating Limits

Local restrictions on some waterways in force for recreational boats. Government classifies domestic waters for commercially operated vessels - not fully aligned with European categorisations. Pleasure vessel definition in UK legislation complicates certain operations such as vessel delivery and sea trials, new guidance released on 01.01.19. MCA Marine Guidance Note 597 which requires safety management system and system validation for certain operations.

January 9, 2018 Poland Construction Standards and Certification

All EU states apply Directive 2013/53/EU

December 15, 2017 Singapore Drivers Licences

Mandatory licensing of powered pleasure craft drivers. An advanced license is required for craft above 24 metres

December 15, 2017 Singapore Registration

Leisure craft registration is mandatory

December 6, 2017 Germany Construction Standards and Certification

All EU states and Norway apply Directive 1994/25/EC

November 23, 2017 Canada Environment

Environmental regulations passed in April 2011 and will take effect January 1, 2012 aligning with U.S. Environmental Protection Act regulations with respect to marine spark engine emissions. Optional emissions averaging program and system of credits similar to the U.S. Performance based standards provide manufacturers the flexibility of design and innovation. Products eligible for sale in the U.S. are generally eligible for sale in Canada (accept U.S. EPA emission certification as evidence of conformity with regulations) Duty to report total numbers brought into Canada through importation declaration form (responsibility of the Canadian importer - usually the dealers) New legislation to deal with derelict/abandoned boats \"Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Ac\" introduced Make it illegal to abandon boats while also allowing the government to go after owners of derelict boats that have already been abandoned. It proposes that individuals who abandon a boat can face fines up to $300,000 and a six month jail term while corporations can be fined as much as $6 million. The legislation focuses on both commercial and recreational vessels. It must be noted that while the bill gives the government power to try and force owners of existing derelict boats to remove them safely, there will be no fines or penalties imposed on those who have already abandoned their vessels. The ownership of some of these boats cannot be determined which is why the Canadian government is also working with provinces and territories to establish improved rules for identifying boats