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Anchor safely in the inlet of Port Moody


Port Moody’s Designated Anchorage Area (DAA) pilot program provides boaters with a safe, reserved anchorage space in the inlet of Port Moody while they visit and enjoy the many sights and amenities and the surrounding area.

Anchoring Permits:

  • No anchoring is allowed outside of the DAA
  • When boaters want to stay overnight, they must register with the City for a DAA Permit
  • Boats can be anchored for up to 21 nights during a 40-day period
  • Boaters may extend their stay in the Inlet by moving to a marina or other permitted location after their allowable anchorage time has expired.
  • Please see the Terms and Conditions for more details.

The new program is designed to address concerns related to unauthorized, long-term moorage, uninsured boats, safety issues related to abandoned and improperly anchored boats, and dumping of sewage into the inlet. For more details, please see the public consultation summary.

Designated Anchorage Area Map
Please note: This map is representational. Boaters must be within the boundaries of the four buoys of the DAA based on the GPS coordinates Latitude/Longitude - 49° 17’18.06”N, -122° 51’ 14.47W.
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How to Register for DAA Permit

Step 1: 
Boat owner/operator applies for a DAA Permit using the online registration form. The applicant must have a minimum of $2 million Comprehensive General Liability insurance for their boat, and will be required to provide contact details and other information about the boat being registered.

Step 2:
The City of Port Moody confirms insurance and information on the permit application form and checks for space availability for the requested dates. Reserved permit space in the DAA will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Step 3:
When the requested dates are confirmed, the boat owner/operator must sign a DAA Permit contract and submit a credit card payment for the $12.25 per day (12 pm to 12 pm the following day) fee (plus GST).

Step 4:
The City of Port Moody will then issue a DAA Permit to the owner/operator for the reserved dates. The DAA Permit must be available for viewing at all times while the boat is anchored in the Inlet.

Step 5:
When the boat’s reservation period has ended, the boat must leave the DAA by 12 p.m.

If you arrive to stay overnight in the DAA outside of regular business hours, you must still submit the online registration form before using the DAA that evening. You will receive an email confirming that your application for a DAA Permit has been received, and you can show this email to the Enforcement Officer upon inspection as an interim measure. Enforcement staff will notify the City that a contract was not presented. If all permit requirements are met, your contract will be processed on the next working day.

Reservations can be cancelled for a refund up to 24 hours before the registered start date for the DAA Permit. There is a $30 administration charge for the cancellation.

Boats anchored overnight inside the DAA without a permit are subject to enforcement and towing by the City. Boats that anchor outside of the DAA are most likely in shipping lanes, which means they are a navigational hazard and may be removed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

For more information: 
Phone: Kyle Centre, 604-469-4552 (Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Please Pump. Don’t Dump.
Boat sewage is a source of fecal bacteria that harms the environment and puts public health at risk. Boaters are responsible for using pump-out services at area marinas.

The inlet of Port Moody and the surrounding beaches are a valuable recreational area enjoyed by swimmers, kayakers, people on paddleboards and other water activities, which means keeping the water free of contaminants like e-coli from human and dog waste is critical. Please help keep our waters clean – pump, don’t dump. 

There are a number of public pump-out Service Locations (no moorage required).

For a broader list of pump-out service locations, including those that require moorage to use their service, see the general pump out services locations.

Please note that these pump-out service location links are provided for your convenience; however, the City of Port Moody does not maintain these lists. We recommend that you call ahead to confirm pump-out service is still available.

Last updated: 30/04/2019 9:06:42 AM