Exemption from Survey - Western Australia


You may require this exemption if you intend to operate a commercial vessel in Western Australia.

Every new vessel constructed in Western Australia, and every existing vessel brought under survey for the first time is required to undergo an initial survey. Every vessel is also required to undergo periodic surveys and inspections.

You may apply for an exemption from survey requirements for a vessel of class 2E or class 3E. These vessels are non passenger carrying trading vessels (for example tug boats or barges) and fishing vessels that will operate only in smooth waters (generally inland waters).

Certain types of fishing vessel and class 2 vessels (trading vessels) are automatically exempt from survey requirements. Vessels are automatically exempt if they are less than 8 metres in length, carry no passengers and do not operate more than 5 nautical miles from the mainland.

Please consult the Contact Officer for further information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this exemption you must:

  • Ensure that your vessel is equipped with a fire extinguisher that conforms to the relevant standards specified in the regulations;
  • Comply with the relevant conditions specified in the regulations concerning the storage and use of fuel on your vessel
  • If your vessel is a motor vessel, ensure that the engine compartment is adequately ventilated.
  • Complete the relevant application form; and
  • Pay the required fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Licence All The fee varies based on the size of the craft. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Exemption from Survey - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Western Australian Marine Act 1982 WA

Regulation(s) name

W.A. Marine (Surveys and Certificates of Survey) Regulations 1983 WA

Administering agency

Department of Transport

Transport Services

Marine Safety

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries, Commercial Vessel Surveys

Marine Safety

Transport Services

Department of Transport

Operating address: 441 Murray Street
Western Australia 6000
Phone: 1300 723 226
Email: CVS.boats@transport.wa.gov.au