Compliance and Enforcement Policy

Set up by Act of Parliament in 1971, Chichester Harbour Conservancy (the Conservancy) has the duty to conserve, maintain and improve the harbour and amenity area for recreation, nature conservation and natural beauty. As well as being the statutory harbour authority, the Conservancy is the Joint Advisory Committee for the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Harbour authorities are responsible for managing and running safe and efficient harbours. They have particular responsibilities in relation to the safety of vessels and people within the harbour, efficient navigation and the protection of the harbour environment.

To meet these responsibilities effectively, the Conservancy has a duty to regulate the use of the harbour within its jurisdiction as defined in the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Act 1971, including vessel traffic, by means of Byelaws, Special Directions, Harbour Directions and national and international legislation (such as the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea). The principle powers available to the Conservancy are detailed in Schedule 1.

The Compliance and Enforcement Policy sets out the Conservancy’s overall approach to achieving compliance and provides information about the general principles the Conservancy will follow, including a number of available enforcement options.

Data Protection

Chichester Harbour Conservancy is committed to the principles of the General Data Protection Regulations and complies with the law to ensure that personal data is processed legitimately, fairly and stored securely and safely.

On 16 April 2018 the Conservancy agreed a Data Protection Policy in response to the new requirements of the GDPR which come into force on 25 May 2018. 

The Conservancy’s Data Protection Officer is Ms R Chase (Executive Officer).  For any further information on this policy, the Conservancy’s approach to data protection or to make a subject access request, please contact or call 01243 510988

The Conservancy's Privacy Notice details how we use your personal data.  

Complaints Policy

We aim to provide good quality services which enable safe navigation of the harbour and the protection and enjoyment of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Unfortunately, things do go wrong sometimes and we value your feedback. It is really important for us to know when you are dissatisfied with our service so that we can resolve problems quickly and learn from any mistakes.

It is usually possible to resolve problems immediately and informally by contacting the Harbour Office by phone or email detailing the nature of the problem.  We will identify the correct member of staff to deal with the problem and do our best to resolve it swiftly.  However, if you are unhappy with our response, you can make a complaint.  In order to treat complaints consistently and fairly we will follow the process outlined in our Complaints Policy.

Covid-19 - Risk Assessment

Chichester Harbour Conservancy have carried out a full Risk Assessment into all aspect of operations carried out by harbour staff and the management of Conservancy owned facilities within the harbour during the Coronavirus pandemic. To try and protect our employees and customers a full range of measures have been implemented in order to comply with current Government guidance. To view the Risk Assessment please click here. Please contact the Harbour Office, preferably by email to, if you have any questions.