If you regularly use both our waterways and those owned by the Environment Agency (EA), you can save money on your boat licence by having a combined gold licence. They run from 1 January until 31 December each year, no matter when you buy them.
All our canals and rivers, plus:
If your boat is less than 3.5 metres (11’5”) wide, the cost starts from £618, depending on its length.
If your home mooring is on the River Thames, you can get a quote for a wider boat by calling 0303 040 4040.
You can only apply for a Gold licence by filling in the application form. This is because of the way we need to share information with the EA. The form explains what you’ll need and how to pay.
Remember, once you have bought a Gold licence you cannot get a refund. If you sell your boat, you transfer the licence to the new boat owner.
All gold licences allow you to keep and use your boat on our waters. You also get access to some boaters’ facilities, such as water points. See our boaters’ services pages for details.
You don’t get any of the windlasses, keys or cards with your licence. You can buy these from our online shop. And windlasses are available from most local chandleries. You need to get a separate key for the EA’s Anglian Waterways (£10.00) per key, call 03708 506 506.
Last date edited: 9 December 2020