Harbour Dues | Stay Safe on the Water | Launching Sites | Recreational Disturbance

Harbour Dues

All vessels using Chichester Harbour, including paddleboards, kayaks and canoes, have a statutory obligation to pay Harbour Dues. The revenue derived from these dues is used by Chichester Harbour Conservancy to help meet the cost of running the harbour, including maintaining launch sites, navigation marks & jetties, monitoring water quality and enforcing the byelaws.


In accordance with Section 73 of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Act 1971, the receipt for payment of harbour dues for the current season, which starts on 01 April and runs until 31 March of the following year, is issued in the form of a plaque which MUST BE AFFIXED on the port side aft on the hull of the craft for which payment has been made, in accordance with the instructions on the reverse.

THE CHARGE WILL BE DEEMED NOT TO HAVE BEEN PAID IN RESPECT OF ANY VESSEL ON THE WATER UNLESS THE PLAQUE HAS BEEN SO AFFIXED.

The owner of a vessel evading payment or not displaying a plaque is liable to a penalty three times the amount of the charge plus VAT.


Paddlesport Harbour Dues
(01 April 2022 to 31 March 2023)

To obtain your Harbour Dues plaque please contact the Harbour Office:

         Call: 01243 512301 (Itchenor) 01243 376422 (Emsworth)
         Email: info@conservancy.co.uk

Alternatively, please complete this form and return it to any of our Patrol staff or harbour offices.

Stay Safe on the Water

Contact us for advice on staying safe in Chichester Harbour. Before taking to the water we recommend reading:

Do you have your buoyancy aid or PFD?
Always wear a buoyancy aid or Personal Floatation Device. Statistics show that 9 out of 10 drowning victims were not wearing lifejackets or buoyancy aids, and two thirds of drowning victims were considered to be strong swimmers.

Do you know where you are going?
Local information can be found at various locations across the harbour, if in doubt, pop in or call one of the Harbour Offices before you venture out.

Have you checked the weather, wind and tide?
Be prepared for any eventuality, know what conditions are not suitable and do not exceed your own ability. Knowledge of the tide times is critical, large parts of the harbour dry out at low water and can potentially leave you stranded.

Do you have a means of contacting someone if you get into difficulty?
Take a mobile phone or handheld VHF radio with you on the water. In an emergency use VHF Ch16, or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

‘Chichester Harbour Radio’ can be contacted on VHF Ch14 during office hours.

Have you told someone where you are going?
Let a friend or family member know where you are going and when you plan to return, if they don’t hear of your return they can raise the alarm.

Launching Sites

There are various launching sites around the harbour, although at many of these it is only possible to launch at high tide:

  • Itchenor - Full tide access, pay and display car park
  • Bosham Quay - Full tide access except at LWS, pay and display car park, launching fees payable
  • Emsworth - High tide access only, pay and display car parks
  • Dell Quay - High tide access only, limited parking
  • Prinsted - High tide access only, limited parking
  • Nore Barn - High tide access, no parking
  • Langstone Bridge - High tide access only, private pub car park

Recreational Disturbance - Enjoying Paddlesport

Kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes can be a low impact, healthy and fun way of exploring the Harbour. However, when these craft get too close to birdlife and seals, they can cause disturbance, which can have negative impacts on their survival. Paddlers often spend a lot of time very close to the shoreline, meaning they often unwittingly disturb birds or seals.

See our Enjoying Paddle Sport Leaflet for further information.

To conserve the wildlife of this harbour while enjoying it at the same time, please follow the advice below:

  • Keep looking ahead and watch out for flocks of birds and hauled-out seals.
  • Keep a minimum distance of 50m between yourself and the sensitive areas highlighted on the map (unless there is a safety issue which would take priority).
  • Do not land/go ashore at Stakes Islands, Pilsey Island, Ella Nore spit and Gutner point – these are important bird roosting and breeding sites.
  • If possible, keep 50m from seals on the mud and from flocks of birds throughout the Harbour. If birds take flight or seals move off the mud in reaction to your presence, you are too close - move away from the area immediately.
  • Avoid dragging boards or kayaks over mud or shallow water as this can damage habitats.
  • Obey harbour Byelaws.
  • Obey any marker buoys indicating sensitive areas.
  • Use recognised launching points and avoid trampling saltmarsh by sticking to public footpaths.