A Notice to Mariners informs boaters of any work being undertaken that may affect navigation.
It is required as part of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988 and could mean, for example, creating a severe height or width restriction or the need for a river closure.
Anything affecting navigation requires a minimum of 35 days' written notice to allow the Broads Authority time to publish details in a local newspaper as required under the act.
In order to complete and publish a Notice to Mariners we will need a brief description of the works and the location, the date and time of start and completion, parties likely to be affected, the name and address of the person to receive the bill for the notice, contact details for further information and any complaints received. Full details can be found in the Navigation Works Guidance document.
The document has been produced to advise of legislation requirements, provide practical health and safety advice and highlight other possible considerations. Not all sections will apply, but are provided for information.
A Works Licence may also be required. Please check the Works Licences page for details and application forms.
A Notice to Mariners application form is available here.
The cost of a Notice to Mariners varies depending on the size of the notice, number of words etc. As a rough guide, prices usually start at around £130.00 progressing to upwards of £450.00 for publication, with an additional standard charge of £30.00 to cover administration costs.
You can find all current notices by clicking on the relevant links below. These are Notices to Mariners issued by the Broads Authority and notices by other authorities with a potential impact on the Broads.