Boats

To hire out water-bound pleasure crafts you need a licence

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 from 1st April 2019 is £40:00.


Am I eligible?

Eugo logoAn applicant must:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • have a certificate of compliance with the British Waterways Standards (issued by an approved Marine Surveyor)


Regulation summary

Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1907


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.

Apply online

Apply for a boat hire licence - service not currently available.

Renew your boat hire licence - service not currently available.

Update your boat hire licence - service not currently available.

Download WORD version of application form here Application Form [WORD 42 KB]

Download PDF Version of application form PDF Version of Application Form [PDF 85 KB]

 

Payment can be made by telephoning 01629 761313.

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


Consumer complaint

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.

If you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.


Public registers

Contact the Licensing Team for details of boatman and boat licences.

You may require a restricted or full boatman's licence.

A restricted boatman's licence applies to persons/operators on the shore or pier only and does not include the navigation of pleasure craft to be used for carrying passengers for hire.

A full boatman's licence applies to persons/operators who assist in the charge and navigation of pleasure boats, craft or vessels to be let for hire or be used for carrying passengers for hire.

Licences are renewable annually and the application fee from 1st April 2019 is £40:00

Am I eligible?

eugo logoIn order to qualify for a Restricted Boatman's Licence an applicant must be:

  • over 18 years of age
  • have a full knowledge of all statutory rules, regulation and byelaws applicable to navigation on the water or waters for which the licence is required
  • not suffer from any disease or physical disability which could effect his/her fitness to assist in the charge of pleasure boats, vessels or craft let for hire.

In order to qualify for a Full Boatman's Licence an applicant must be:

  • over 18 years of age
  • have full knowledge of all statutory rules, regulations and byelaws applicable to navigation on the water or waters for which the licence is required
  • Not suffer from any disease or physical disability which could effect his/her fitness to assist in the charge of pleasure boats, vessels or craft let for hire
  • Applicants are asked to complete a declaration as to their fitness. Matters to be considered are any limb defect which restricts mobility or movement, epilepsy, fainting or cardiovascular problems and mental illness. 

Regulation summary

Public Health Act (as amended) 1907 

What if I don't hear back within the specified time?

Tacit Consent will not apply to this type of application as it is in the public interest that we must process your application before a licence can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 28 days , please contact the Licensing Team. 

How to apply

Apply here [WORD 33 KB] for a Boatman licence

Download PDF Application form here. {PDF 140 KB]

If you are having problems applying please contact the Licensing Team.

What happens if my application is refused?

Please contact us in the first instance by emailing licensing@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

You will have the right of appeal against a decision - you would make your appeal to the local magistrates' court, after the decision notice has been published.    

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first point of contact should be made by you with the business proprietor - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, please contact the Licensing Team for assistance.

If you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Public registers

For information relating to boatman licences granted,  please contact the Licensing Team.