Pleasure Boat Licence

Find out more about Pleasure Boat Licences and how to apply

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • Do I need a Pleasure Boat Licence?
  • What do I need to know before applying?
  • How much does it cost to apply?
  • How long will my application take?

Do I need a Pleasure Boat Licence?

Yes. If you intend to hire out water-bound pleasure crafts (including sailboards, rowing boats, canoes, motor boats, pedalos and larger boats) that are for personal use or carrying passengers, you will need a licence.  You must also not carry more passengers that you are licensed to carry.
A licence is also require for anyone wishing to use a vessel for a commercial charter as a pleasure boat that is under 24 meters in length, does not carry any more than 12 passengers and does not undertake voyages which go out to sea.
Please note the definition of a 'pleasure boat' or 'pleasure vessel' is a boat or vessel that is let out for hire to the public or is used for carrying passengers for hire.  

What do I need to know before applying?

The requirements of licensing a pleasure boat in accordance with the Public Health Amendment Act 1907 as amended by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, include the Safety Certification of the vessel and the holding of suitable Public Liability insurance. In view of the complexity of these requirements please contact the Licensing Specialist Unit for further information and/or an application form. 

How much does it cost to apply?

The cost of a Pleasure Boat Licence is currently £65.00.

How long will my application take?

We aim to have a Pleasure Boat licence completed within 28 days.

Will Tacit Consent apply?

No. 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 a reasonable period then please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below – need to check this info.

What can I do if my application is unsuccessful?

Please contact us in the first instance. If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so two days after the decision to your local Magistrates Court.

What can I do if I am unhappy with conditions regarding my licence?

Please contact us in the first instance. If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so two days after the decision to your local Magistrates Court.  You must give 24 hours notice of your intention to appeal.

What if I want to complain about a licence holder? 

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint you contact the licence holder first – preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery).  If this does not work and you are located in the UK, Consumer rights - GOV.UK will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

How to apply

Download Pleasure Boat Licence Application Form