Pleasure boat licence

You need a licence to hire out water-bound pleasure crafts including sailboards, rowing boats, canoes, motor boats, pedallos and larger boats for personal use or carrying passengers.

You must not carry more passengers than you are licensed to carry.

Read more at GOV.UK

1. How to apply

New pleasure boat licence Apply
Be in charge of or navigate a pleasure boat Apply

You may be subject to a licensing fee.

Regulation summary

Read a summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Find out more about applying by post

2. What happens next

Conditions may be attached to your licence.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent does not apply. It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service.

3. Further information

Trade Associations

View the public register

View the public register online

You can also view a copy of the register at the council's offices during normal office hours. Please contact the Licensing Team to make an appointment.

Making an appeal

View information on appeals and complaints


Last updated: 9 June 2017
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