If you keep and use a boat on our canals and rivers, you’ll need a licence. You can buy your long-term licence at any time of the year. They start on the first day of the month and last for either three months, six months or 12 months.
Note: you can only buy a three-month licence if you have a home mooring.
If you use your boat for business, such as a floating café, renting it out for people to live on or as a holiday boat, you need a boating business licence.
our standard canal and river licence
a ‘Rivers only’ licence, which covers:
Your licence fee depends on the length and width (beam) of your boat, along with the length of time you want the licence for - three months, six months or 12 months.
You can only buy a three-month licence if you have a home mooring. It is not available to continuously cruising boats.
There are a number of licence fee discounts. Please read our terms and conditions for details.
All long-term 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. Windlasses are available from most local chandleries.
You can also pay your boat licence by calling our customer service team on 0303 040 4040.
Last date edited: 10 May 2021