Buy your boat licence

From canoes to large river cruisers, you need to licence your boat if you want to keep and use it on our waterways.

What you need to get a boat licence 

 Before you buy a boat licence you will need:

What we mean by ‘boat’:

What type of licence?

Where do you want to keep and use your boat?

Not all rivers and canals are managed by the same authority, known as the Navigation Authority. Different navigation authorities have different licences and fees, you need to contact each one separately, depending on where you want to use your boat: 

We have two types of licence: business or private

If you use your boat for any kind of business such as a floating café, renting it out for people to live on or holiday boats, you'll need a business licence

If the boat is purely for your own private use there are three varieties of private boat licence:

  1. Long term – if your boat is always on our waters
  2. Short term – if your boat is small, like a canoe, or you’re visiting from other waterways
  3. Gold - this combines the Canal & River Trust and EA licences into one licence – bargain!

How much does a private boat licence cost?

Your licence fee currently depends on the length of your boat, along with the length of time you want the licence (although this will be changing from April 2020 to include width as well as length):

Last date edited: 6 March 2020