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Pleasure Boats

You must have a licence to provide pleasure boats to be let for hire or to be used to carry passengers.

Apply for a licence

Before granting or renewing a pleasure boat licence we will carry out an inspection.

A licence costs £93 and lasts for one year.

Applications for the licensing of any vessel should be accompanied by:

  • the certificate of sea-worthiness
  • the certificate of mechanical fitness

We may set conditions for the granting of any such licence and have an approved policy in order to maintain the safety of such craft, passengers and crew. 

It is an offence for a pleasure craft to carry passengers:

  • whilst there is not a licence in force
  • the licence is suspended
  • to carry more passengers than allowed on its licence

A plate showing the numbers to be carried must be clearly affixed to the craft.

We may revoke or suspend a pleasure boat licence if we believe there may be a risk to public safety.



Contact the Licensing Team


Telephone: 01304 872295

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