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Starting or expanding a boating business

If you want to use your boat for anything other than personal, private, or pleasure use you will require our consent, as it will be considered business use. This includes charity or local club usage.

This section sets out the different business sectors that your proposed activity might fit into, and provides an overview of the factors you will need to consider, the regulations you will need to comply with and the kind of business licence you will need.

Business boating sectors

Please look at the different sectors featured below to learn more about specific requirements.

You can then familiarise yourself with our application process and fees to submit an operating proposal for the kind of business you want to set up.

If you are an existing customer (with an existing property contract) and wish to carry out physical works, it may be possible to progress straight to a works proposal. Please seek advice from your business boating manager/business boating surveyor.

If you aren't sure which sector is most relevant to your business, please contact us.

Last Edited: 02 November 2023

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