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Moorings in Newport Harbor

  Harbor Operations Division
1600 W. Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach 92663
Contact us for rental assistance,
949-270-8159, or Channel 19a

Mooring Location Maps


Additional Maps and Resources

Effective July 1, 2017, the City took over mooring management from the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol. This includes the processing of mooring permits and transfers and assisting visitors with temporary rental moorings. All the same rules, regulations and fees apply. 

For information, permit processing or guest rental services, visit the Harbor Operations Division located at Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach, 92663. Staff is available daily from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. by using Channel 16, calling 949-270-8159 or by email to

Guest Moorings

Guest moorings are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guest moorings may not be reserved in advance, but as you approach the harbor you can call Harbor Operations to inquire about availability. All guests are required to stop at the Harbor Operations visitors dock to check in. Bring your vessel documentation or registration information and your photo I.D. Learn more about the guest slips, moorings and anchorages in Newport Harbor.

Rental Information:

  • Nightly rental fees:
    • $16 per night from November 1 through April 30
    • $27 per night from May 1 through October 31
  • Availability is on a first-come, first-served bases.
  • Rentals must be made in person.
  • Required documentation:
    • Photo I.D. of vessel owner/mooring renter; and
    • Current vessel registration or documentation
  • Vessel to be moored must be brought to the Harbor Operations Division guest dock at the time of rental. Vessels may be boarded and inspected to ensure that the marine sanitation device is functioning properly.
  • Rental Rules
    • No maintenance of vessels.
    • No commercial activity.
    • Refrain from making unreasonable noise between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
    • Compliance with the Newport Beach Municipal Code and direction from Harbor Operations staff.

General Mooring Information

  Mooring Double Point

Mooring Radius


Most of the moorings in the harbor are secured via bow and stern and may or may not be equipped with the tackle necessary to secure your boat. Be prepared to rig your own lines to the mooring cans.

As the depths of the harbor varies, boat owners are responsible for monitoring conditions with the changing tides. 

Mooring Permittees

General Regulations

The regulations of moorings in Newport Harbor are defined in the Newport Beach Municipal Code Section 17.25-Berthing, Mooring and Storage, and 17.60.040 Mooring Permits. Below is a summary of the section. 

  • All vessels berthed, moored or anchored shall be in its designated place or it will be directed to move.
  • Vessels must be moored or anchored to prevent it from swinging or drifting into any turning basin or channel.
  • No mooring or buoy shall be placed in the waters of City-owned or controlled tidelands without first obtaining a permit. 
  • No person shall use a mooring unless he/she holds a current and valid permit, except for temporary use with permission of the Harbor Operations Division.
  • No mooring may be leased or rented by the permittee to another person.
  • Maintaining your mooring and buoy:
    • All chains and fastenings must be of sufficient size to stand a breaking strain of at least six times the weight of the mooring.
    • All mooring lines on buoys shall be arranged so they sink immediately when dropped. Double moorings can connect two mooring lines with a spreader line with floats attached when the mooring is unoccupied.
    • Mooring buoys shall be painted with the number allocated. The numbers shall be at least three inches in height.
    • All moorings shall be kept in good and serviceable condition in the assigned location.
  • Vessels assigned to a mooring by permit must be maintained in an operable and seaworthy condition. A vessel inspection may be requested to demonstrate that the vessel is seaworthy and operable.
  • No vessel owner shall allow the following unlawful and public nuisance conditions to occur:
    • Promotion of a fire hazard;
    • Retention of water that becomes stagnant;
    • Accumulation of storage of rubbish, trash, debris, rubble, containers and/or boxes;
    • Storing or securing a vessel that impedes pedestrian travel on City beaches or tidelands;
    • Contribution to hazards to public safety and health, such as rats, insects or other unsanitary conditions;
    • Non-seaworthy conditions that are unsafe, unsightly or poorly maintained; and
    • Installation of a marine sanitation device that is not connected directly to an internal holding tank at all times while in Newport Harbor.
  • Each mooring shall be lifted for inspection at least once every two years and repaired or replaced as needed.

Off-Shore Moorings - Permits, Rents and Specifications

Mooring Permittees shall pay an annual mooring permit rent based on the lineal foot of the mooring (annually adjusted by CPI), as established by City Council Resolution No. 2016-17. The current 2017 rate for an off-shore mooring is $35.43 per lineal foot.


  Mooring Specifications-Off Shore 
  Off-Shore Mooring Specifications
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  • All mooring weights shall be metal.
  • All mooring buoys shall be of an approved type and painted with the assigned number (three-inches high).
  • All vessels must be moored fore and aft, except in exposed areas designated as single-point mooring areas.
  • All locations must be allocated by Harbor Operations staff and moorings inspected before installation.
  • The top and bottom chain shall be shackled together to form one continuous length.
  • Length of mooring chains shall be determined by Harbor Operations staff.
  • Mooring pendants are an important part of the mooring and must be properly made up with thimble and shackle to each buoy at the time of installation and kept in good condition at all times.
  • Download the requirements for the weight of moorings and minimum diameter and length of line to be used.

Shore Moorings

Mooring Permittees shall pay an annual mooring permit rent based on the lineal foot of the mooring (annually adjusted by CPI), as established by City Council Resolution No. 2016-17.The current 2017 rate for a shore mooring is $17.71 per lineal foot.


  Shore Moorings
  Maximum Length
of Boat 
  Minimum Weight
of Mooring 
  Minimum Size and
Length of Chain 
  12 FT    200 LBS    3/8 IN  25 FT 
  15 FT    250 LBS    3/8 IN  25 FT 
  18 FT    300 LBS    3/8 IN  25 FT 
  • All mooring weights shall be metal and painted with the assigned numbers.
  • A four-inch by four-inch redwood post shall be used in areas where there is no seawall. The post shall be painted white and with the assigned numbers. an "eyebolt" shall be used in areas where there is a seawall.
  • Buoy and post shall have a pulley attached with a line of not less than 3/8-inch diameter at all times. The vessel shall be moored securely bow and stern and must not be left on the beach.
  • Note: Onshore moorings are for vessels 18' and under. Vessels on onshore moorings must be self-righting on an incoming tide without flooding the vessel.


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