We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Residential letting

These are boats let out for long term residential use.

In order to let a boat out for long term residential use the boat must be on a mooring that has consent for residential use.

Key Considerations

In addition to a home mooring with planning consent for residential use, you will need to demonstrate that you have the right to access facilities such as fresh water, sewage disposal, rubbish disposal and fuel.

If you are on a secure mooring site where access to the site is via a code or key system, you must provide evidence that the other moorers on the site are happy for you to offer the boat for residential letting.


You will need:

  • a commercial insurance policy giving third party and public liability cover for tenants.
  • a Non-private boat safety scheme certificate.
  • a full handover document clearly describing how to operate the boat and all of the equipment on board safely.  This must include a 24 hour emergency call out service.

A copy of the regulations that apply to each sector can be found here


You will need a commercial insurance policy that provides third party and public liability cover to a value of £2m.

Boat Licence

All our price list can be found on our Fees and Terms & Conditions pages here.  A copy can also be found on the useful downloads at the bottom of this page.

When the Business Boating Manager has confirmed that your Operating Proposal is acceptable, he/she will forward you a licence application form with the details completed for you to review and return.

Other regulations

Other regulations may apply to your business. For example, boats let out for hire must have a Gas Safe Certificate. Please read our General Guidance section and make your own independent enquiries to ensure that you understand and comply with all the regulations relevant to your proposed operation.

Boaters Handbook

The Canal & River Trust and Drifters, the UK’s biggest consortium of hire boat companies, have teamed up to make a new DVD covering boating basics. A companion to the existing popular boaters handbook, it contains lots of 'getting started' tips for hire boaters and new boat owners, as well as important information about how to boat safely.

The DVD can be viewed on our [Navigating the Waterways] page.

Operating Proposal

Please submit an Operating Proposal if you wish to proceed.  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.

For the assessment of new mooring location there is a non-refundable fee of £90 inclusive of VAT (at standard rate) towards our administration and initial assessment costs.  Cheques are to be made payable to The Canal & River Trust and posted to the address below.

Do not commit financially to your proposed business before receiving our ‘in principle’ approval. 

Useful Downloads

Last date edited: 12 April 2017