How to apply to set up a new boating business or expand an existing business on the Canal & River Trust's waterways and business licence fees.
All applications are dealt with in the same way. The process is:
We may carry out credit checks on both companies and individuals. We will advise you if the checks are unfavourable and speak with you about payment methods and/or guarantees that may enable your application to proceed.
Please select the Operating Proposal that is most suited to your business idea, download it to your computer. We prefer receiving applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively print it off, fill it in and send it to:
Business Boating Team, Trencherfield Mill, Heritage Way, Wigan, WN3 4BN
Operating Proposal - Self Drive Holiday Hire Boats
Operating Proposal - Self Drive Day Hire Boats
Operating Proposal - Skippered Passenger Boats
Operating Proposal - Skippered Hotel Boats
Operating Proposal – Roving Trader
Operating Proposal – Fixed Location Trading Boats
Operating Proposal - Static Letting
Operating Proposal - Clubs
Operating Proposal - Safety Boats (Emergency Rescue)
Operating Proposal - Maintenance Work Boats
Operating Proposal - Exhibit Boat
Operating Proposal - Trade Plate
Operating Proposal - Moorings
Operating Proposal - Other
All the Operating Proposal forms are in Word so that you can add more space and rows to make it fit your particular requirements.
Upon receipt of your proposal, we will write and confirm receipt and aim to give you an in principle decision within 6 weeks. Please note that you may need to obtain planning permission and negotiate agreements for using our property which could take much longer to finalise.
Business Licence fees and Terms & Conditions are here. They rise on 1 April every year.
If you are upgrading from a standard licence to a Business Licence we can give a pro-rata refund for the unused portion of the standard licence. Your Business boating manager will arrange this for you on request.
Business Licence Processing
Please be advsed that upon receipt of the Business licence parwork it will be sent to our Leeds office for processing. This can take up to 15 working days depending on the volume of applications we receive. Please do not commence trading until you are in receipt of the licence disks.
Transfer of Ownership
Please complete the Transfer of Boat Responsibility or Change of Details form, when you cease to be the keeper of a boat that has previously been kept or used on our waters. It can also be used to notify us of a change to the Home Mooring of the boat. This will enable us to update our records and help avoid future inconvenience for you
Last date edited: 12 September 2017