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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
It is important that you seek advice from the Local Planning Authority (LPA), normally your local council, at an early stage in order to determine the likelihood of obtaining planning permission for the development you are considering. The websites of the Department for Communities and Local Government provide comprehensive information.
National and regional planning guidance together with the site allocation and policy designations within the Development Plan will be important factors and your local Development Control Officer should be able to assist. You could also inspect the Planning & Constraints Registers held by the LPA. The LPA may be prepared to summarise these informal discussions in a letter, but be aware these comments will not determine their formal decision on any planning application you subsequently make. In any event these discussions will help you decide whether to proceed with your scheme.
Whilst you should obtain your own professional advice it will often be helpful to discuss with us your approach to the LPA. We employ qualified planners who maintain regular contact with LPAs and we may be able to provide some guidance.
Refer to downloads and Glossary for useful references and links
Department for Communities and Local Government www.planningportal.gov.uk and www.communities.gov.uk
'Planning Guide for Boating Facilities' produced jointly by the British Marine Federation www.britishmarine.co.uk and the Royal Yachting Association www.rya.org.uk
Last date edited: 22 July 2015