Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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.
This page contains all the important information, and forms, you'll need to either apply for or renew a private boat licence (if you're not doing it the easy online way).
Do it online!
You can now get and renew a licence for your boat online. It's faster and easier than sending off a form. You can also tell us that you've sold your boat and update your details with us
Whether you're just researching what's involved in becoming a private boater or you already own a boat, you'll find lots of useful information, application forms and associated licence fees below.
If you can't find what you're looking for, get in touch and we'll be happy to help. For information about applying for commercial or trading craft licences of any kind, please take a look at our Boating Business pages.
Need some help?
It's quick and easy to manage your boat licensing online. But please contact us if you need any advice or assistance.
Licence Terms and conditions
Licence fees 2017 - 2018 (private boats)
Licence application form
Direct Debit mandate form
Gold licence information pack (2018)
Transfer of boat ownership/off water declaration for licences purchased after the 1st May 2015
Notification of home mooring location
Application form for historic boat discount
Guidance for boaters without a home mooring
Short term licence information (includes summary of licence conditions)
Short term licence fees 2017 - 2018
Boat Safety Scheme Certificate: Application for Exemption
Short term licence boat condition declaration
Last date edited: 11 December 2017