To hire out water-bound pleasure crafts (including sailboards, rowing boats, canoes, motor boats, pedalos and larger boats) that are used for personal use or carrying passengers, you need a licence.
You must not carry more passengers than you are licensed to carry.
Licences are renewable annually and the application fee is currently £36.00.
Am I eligible?
- be over 18 years of age
- have a certificate of compliance with the British Waterways Standards (issued by an approved Marine Surveyor)
How will my application be evaluated?
Please contact the Licensing Team for further information.
What if I don't hear back within the specified time?
It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 28 days, please contact the Licensing Team.
What happens if my application is refused?
Please contact us in the first instance. If you are refused a licence, or refused a licence renewal you may appeal to the local magistrates' court.
A licence holder may also appeal to the crown court against a decision of a magistrates' court
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first point of contact should be made with the owner of the business - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, please contact the Licensing Team for assistance.
Contact the Licensing Team for details of boatman and boat licences.