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

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

Updated date Country Criteria
March 25, 2020 Australia Marinas and Harbours

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.

March 25, 2020 Australia Environment

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.

March 25, 2020 Australia Taxation

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.

March 25, 2020 Australia Construction Standards and Certification

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.

December 7, 2016 New Zealand Taxation

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

October 30, 2015 United Kingdom Taxation

On 4 January 2011 VAT rose to 20%

October 30, 2015 United Kingdom Styrene Levels

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.

October 30, 2015 United Kingdom Registration

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

October 30, 2015 United Kingdom Product Liability

EU Directive

October 30, 2015 United Kingdom Marinas and Harbours

ISO TC228 WG8 Marina Facilities British Marine is the UK representatives on this working group, set up to develop a basic standard that all marinas can achieve.