Proposals requiring physical works

COVID 19 Due to the current situation with Covid 19 the Canal & River Trust will be prioritising work that has been identified as urgent and safety critical. Therefore, we’re afraid we are unable to meet our usual 6 week response time to submit Business Boating applications, this includes both Operating Proposals & Works Proposals.

As part of the Operating Proposal process, we conduct an internal consultation and some applications require a site inspection which has meant that we have been unable to review a number of new submissions whilst some staff are on furlough.

We currently have a backlog of applications that have been placed on hold since March, we have commenced progressing these in phased approach. Once these have been cleared, we will log new applications.   You are able to submit a new operating proposal, but please note that we are not operating within our usual response timescales.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and assistance.


Where proposals require works affecting Trust property, you will require our approval (and a formal agreement if required) prior to commencing works on site. Before granting approval, we need to be sure that the methodology and technical submission are adequate to protect the integrity of the waterway and the safety of our customers.


The purpose of this site is to help the operators of boating businesses to understand the process they need to follow if they are proposing to do any works affecting Trust property.



All works on Canal & River Trust property or where works have the potential to affect the navigation or operational activities of the Trust, or where support is offered and loads are to be imposed on Trust property.

Please use the links to navigate to the appropriate sections.

Please click to go to our Works affecting - application process

Last date edited: 21 August 2020