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Pleasure boats

Any person who wishes to be in charge of, or navigate, a pleasure boat/vessel for the purpose of letting it out for hire to members of the public, or carrying passengers for hire, must obtain a licence from us.

This power is given to local authorities under Section 94 Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1907.

How to apply

To apply for a pleasure boat licence you will need to complete the application form (PDF) [231KB] (opens new window)  and return it to us by email or by post along with the following documentation:

  • A valid certificate of insurance for the boat/vessel
  • A copy of any relevant qualifications
Pleasure boat licence fees
Application typeFee
New application (per vessel)£69.50
Renewal application (per vessel)£69.50


Inspection of the boat/vessel

Once your application has been validated, we will arrange an inspection to assess the boat's/vessel's fitness for purpose.

All boats/vessels must:

  • Be deemed safe and fit for purpose by a professional council-approved assessor
  • Be insured to cover all third-party risks, to a level deemed appropriate by us
  • Comply with the statutory requirements and conditions imposed by us