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Work for us
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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The table below sets out the amounts payable as you proceed through our application process. To provide you with cost certainty, we have set fixed amounts. These fees will be adjusted periodically.
Refer to the following paragraphs for the details and terms of the different payments. The payments of the fees relevant to your scheme are made on a non-returnable basis whether or not you complete the whole process through to site opening.
Please note: the fees are a contribution to the cost of reviewing your scheme and liaising with you as you develop your scheme through feasibility, detailed design, construction and connection. The fee structure has also been changed to a standard fee for all schemes as the work involved is similar at all stages irrespective of size.
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.
A VAT invoice will be issued for your records.
Application process fees
All fees are subject to VAT
The fee is payable when you submit an Expression of interest. It is a contribution to the costs of the Trust in making an initial assessment of the Application.
This fee was introduced on 1st July 2016. Whilst previously we have not made a charge for an initial assessment, we have recently reviewed our fee structure to take into account the review of the scheme at Expression of Interest Stage and the information that is provided to you following our assessment
This is payable when you make a Feasibility Submission. It contributes to the cost of our staff who will assess your submission.
The fee is payable by the submission deadline should you be unable to comply with the submission date, then an extension of time may be requested but will not be considered until we receive the fee. You are still able to withdraw from the process and resubmit at a later date but please note that all fees are non-refundable.
This fee is payable when you make a Detailed Design & Construction Phase Submission for works NOT affecting Canal & River Trust (DCNA). It is a contribution to the costs of our staff who will be liaising with you as you develop your scheme through detailed design, construction and connection. This payment will cover the following items:
This is only payable if you have been advised that there are water sensitivities at the location of your proposed scheme. The study assesses whether we have the capacity to accommodate schemes in areas where there may be potential limits on the available water resource. The fee contributes to our costs of undertaking detailed modelling and analysis, the cost of which is the same for any size scheme.
Each party is responsible for paying their own legal fees in respect of the Network Access Agreement and any other legal agreements required.
When your site is connected to our network you will need to make an annual payment to us under the terms of the Network Access Agreement. Further information can be found on the Legal Agreements page of this website.
Last date edited: 1 July 2016