Long term boat licenses

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.

Before you buy a long term boat licence you will need:

What we mean by boat

Types of long term boat licence

If you use your boat for business such as a floating café, renting it out for people to live on or holiday boats, you need a boating business licence.

If the boat is purely for your own private use there are two variations, whether you have a home mooring or a continuously cruising, you’ll need either a:

1. Our standard canal and river licence
2. ‘Rivers only’ licence: only covers:

How much does a long term 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 - three months, six months or 12 months (although this changes to include width of craft as well as length from April 2020):

Licence fee discounts

There are a number of licence fee discounts about please our. See terms and conditions for details.

What the licence covers

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.

What the licence doesn’t include

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.

Set up or renew your boat licence

Already to pay for your licence? If you already have a boat licence account, go to our web licensing portal. If you're new to boating, you'll need to go to the portal and set up a new account. Click the sign in button on the top of this page when you're ready or to go to our web licensing portal now. You can also pay your boat licence by calling our customer service team on 0303 040 4040.

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Last date edited: 12 October 2020