Regulatory Reference Guide

MONITORING SITE FOR THE 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.

To browse the RRG, select a country and/or criteria from the dropdown menus

Japan
Construction Standards and Certification
January 11, 2017

① Under the Domestic Law, there are rules and regulations on the structure, equipment, etc. of the boats and ships of less than 20 gross tons by types -- ships, sailboats and other vessels. ② Under the Domestic Law, those who own any boat or ship of less than 20 gross tons are obliged to periodically undergo mandatory inspections in order to check the structure, equipment, etc. of the boat or ship if the vessel is used for navigation

Australia
Environment
December 8, 2016

Local, State and Commonwealth legislation and by laws govern sewage depending on the location. Some states have introduced (2011) complusory annual inspection of private vessels for black and grey water discharge/management. Emission control compliance for engines not covered by legislation but most product complies with EU and USA regulations as most engines are imported. Policy development to introduce local legislation stalled but calls from sectors of industry to resume to harmonise with international requirements.

Australia
Marinas and Harbours
December 8, 2016

The 1995 Commonwealth Coastal Policy provides a framework under which each state implements its own regulations regarding marinas and harbours. Most states have a Code of Practice regarding antifouling and legislation regarding sewage disposal. BIA member associations and and MIA promote the Clean Marinas Program.

Australia
Taxation
December 8, 2016

10% Goods and Services Tax. Levy charges in most states to provide for boating infrastructure improvements: 5-year plans for investment of funds being developed in most states.

Australia
Construction Standards and Certification
December 8, 2016

Compliance with Australian Builders Plate standard covering flotation, loading and max power in place since July 2006. ABP references and provides options to use ISO, ABYC or Australian Standards. Some states have requirements for electrical systems for boats that reflect IEC rather than ISO or ABYC standards. Commercial vessels (inc recreational boats destined for charter/hire & drive market) covered by National Law for Domestic Commercial Vessels from 1 July 2013. RCD CE-marked boats now accepted for charter yacht use based on RCD compliance documentation and non-invasive verification in Australia.

New Zealand
Taxation
December 7, 2016

15% Goods and Service Tax (GST) on all boats sold in NZ. Visiting overseas boats are exempt from duty and tax for a 24 month visit. Goods and Services provided for fixing to visiting overseas boats are exempt from the 15 % GST.Superyachts can charter in NZ for up to 65% of the total time they are visiting NZ

United Kingdom
Taxation
October 30, 2015

On 4 January 2011 VAT rose to 20%

United Kingdom
Registration
October 30, 2015

No national compulsory registration scheme. Craft leaving UK territorial waters must be flagged and therefore registered by UK Ship Register either Part I Full Registration or Part III Small Ships Register (SSR). Inland waterways mostly covered by compulsory licensing of craft, which is a form of local registration

United Kingdom
Product Liability
October 30, 2015

EU Directive

United Kingdom
Styrene Levels
October 30, 2015

Currently UK Max Exposure Limit 100ppm TWA 8 Hrs. Styrene currently under review as part of EU REACH registration and evaluation of chemicals and response awaited from European Commission. This may lead to introduction of a Europe-wide harmonised exposure limit, no value yet proposed.