Pleasure boat licences are granted subject to the following:

  • A full survey on initial licensing and every third and fifth year thereafter by a competent surveyor approved by the city council. Guidance for the requirements may be found in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's “Inland Waters Small Passenger Boat Code”.
  • Self-certification in the second and fourth years, similar to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's "Code of Practice for the Safety of Small Commercial Motor/Sailing Vessels” shall be deemed sufficient; a form of declaration to be signed by the owner which has a penal repercussion if found to be untrue. Qualified persons appointed on behalf of the city council may make random inspections.
  • Requirements for equipment to be carried are as laid down in the appropriate sections of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's ”Inland Waters Small Passenger Boat Code” which is designed to provide a national benchmark for safety standards.

Licences are for a one-year period.

Please note that, where necessary, inspections of boats will be undertaken by the city council's appointed agent, Associated British Ports' Harbour Master


The only exception to the licensing requirements are for vessels licensed under any regulations of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency or a person in charge of or navigating such a boat or vessel.

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