Tourists who navigate with their own boat in the Venice lagoon have to respect the navigation rules of Venice municipality. Sailing is not allowed in the historic centre of Venice.
For security reasons, all pleasure-motorboats with more then 7,36 KW power must be equipped with earmark enabling the identification of the owner, responsible for navigation (D.G.R n° 223, 2003).
Pleasure-motorboats occasionally navigating in the lagoon, for no
longer than 30 days, can apply for a special earmark to Information
Offices of Venice Tourist Board.
1 - Concerned persons
Navigation earmark can be issued to:
a) natural or juridical persons, responsible for navigation;
b) Juridical persons, responsible for navigation of the same motorboat.
2 - Qualifications of responsible for navigation
Responsible for navigation must have all the following qualifications:
a) being over 18;
b) not being legal or juridical interdicted;
c) being resident or domiciled in Italy, or having the Company's
registered office in Italy, or being traceable according to the law.
3 - Applications form
Application form is available at Information Offices of Venice Tourist Board: tel. (+39) 0415298711
Application form must be presented to Information Offices, under
payment of 40,00 € (10 € for administrative charges and 30 € as
Natural persons must enclose a photocopy of identification card (D.P.R. n° 445/2000).
Juridical persons must enclose a photocopy of identification card of
the legal delegate who undersigns the application and a photocopy of
the document issued by Chamber of Commerce (D.P.R. n° 445/2000).
4 - Issuing
Information Offices issue a couple of temporary earmark after receiving all the documents listed above.
5 - Earmark characteristics
Earmark must have the following characteristics:
mm 360 (base) x 120 (height) x 1 (thickness)
with hole (4 at the corners) of mm 2 (diameter)
All temporary earmarks feature 'P' as the last figure of the code.
6 - Application and earmark fixing
earmarks should be fixed on the boat's stern sides as far as possible
from the waterline. The technical term 'stern sides' indicates the part
included in the last third of the boat's length.
Only for rubber boat, it is possible to fix the earmark on special
supports that should be fixed also throught hooks and ropes. The
alternative is to use special adhesive earmarks with the same
dimensional characteristics explained above. In this case, the original
one must be kept aboard during navigation.
7 - Return of earmark
The earmark must be returned, within 30 days from the granting, to the
same office that has issued it. The offices issue a document attesting
time and date of returning that the responsible for navigation has to
If the earmark isn't returned, the offices appropriate the guarantee
and cancel the earmark registration. In this case the guarantee will
not be refunded.
text and photo from APT- Venezia