A local authority is responsible for publishing information about any bathing waters (coastal or otherwise) in it's area. Information to be published includes the water quality classification and any public health information (health risks) relating to the use of the water for swimming. Information is published between May 15th and September 30th each year.
The local port/harbour authority may provide boat/trailer parking for rent daily, overnight or for longer periods. This may also apply to inland lakes/reservoirs where sailing is available.
Port and harbour authorities and local authorities with coastline or inland waterways provide slipways which may be used for the launch and recovery of trailed boats.
Provision of permanent and/or temporary boat moorings for boat owners. Moorings will be subject to charge and may be subject to restrictions (time, vessel size etc.). All boat owners are required to have a permanent mooring for their vessel.
Provision of waste reception facilities for all port users including pleasure boats, private yachts/boats and houseboats
Winter storage facilities for boats and other watercraft can be offered by the local authority (or port authority). The authority processes applications for winter storage and maintains records of stored vessels.
Provision and maintenance of inland waterways. In the UK inland waterways are owned and managed by a variety of authorities. Most commonly it is British Waterways but some local authorities have responsibility for the maintenance of canals running through their area.
Review and maintenance of coastal protection (sea walls etc.) within the local authority area.
Port and harbour authorities where cargo is handled provide mobile cranes for the loading/unloading of cargo. They also provide equipment for handling of cargo once unloaded such as fork lift trucks etc.
Advice and regulation concerning the use and mooring of houseboats that are located in waters maintained by the local authority.
A local authority is required to provide and maintain lifebelts next to rivers and waterways in the area.
Works which are proposed at sea or elsewhere in tidal waters, particularly where they would involve operations on the inter-tidal area or that span the high tide mark, may be subject to a range of statutory controls. Consents must be obtained from the relevant authority..
Provision of storage lockers for rent to leisure or commercial boat users at some of the ports or harbours.
Port authorities provide access to current tidal and weather information for shipping within the local area and in national (sometimes international) waters.
An authority is responsible for monitoring navigation and berthing in waterways under their control and for ensuring regulations are complied with.
Certain vessels usually dependent upon size or cargo require to be escorted into/out of harbour by a pilot. The port authority will provide pilotage both where it is required and upon request (with sufficient notice) for other vessels.
Information about port facilities within the local area. Port facilities are usually operated by the local port authority but information and some services may be jointly provided with the local authority in whose are the port is situated.
Information on arrivals and departures at airports or ports within the local authority area. This is most often the responsibility of the port or airport operator (which can be the local authority).
When importing goods an application detailing the nature of the goods, value and unloading, storage etc. must be completed. The port authority into which the goods are to be imported is responsible for ensuring that the application has been made and that all import regulations are complied with.
Port authorities have the power to detain individuals who do not comply with local, national or international regulations relating to shipping, importing of goods etc. and to proceed with further action where appropriate.
Where reservoirs exist within the local authority area the council (often jointly with other local or national authorities) is responsible for the maintenance of the reservoir and the surrounding land and the management of reservoir use for recreation.
Towage by tugs is controlled by the port authority. Vessels which wish to operate as ship towage tugs are required to be licensed by the port authority having undergone the appropriate fitness inspection.