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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 the local authority.

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

Application process

Your application must be submitted, together with the fee of £55 per vessel.

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

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and 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 the licensing authority
  • Comply with the statutory requirements and conditions imposed by the licensing authority

All licences are valid for a maximum of one year. At any time during the period the licence is in force, the council may suspend or revoke a licence in the interest of public safety.

Before completing the application, please view and read our Privacy Policy.

It is your responsibility to renew the licence; however, the licensing authority will, as a courtesy, send an invitation to renew notice approximately one month before the licence expires.

Contact us if you require any further information.