If you wish to be in charge of or navigate a pleasure boat or vessel for the purpose of carrying passengers for hire, you must obtain the appropriate licence from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Small Passenger Vessel Code Survey Certificate and the boat must be maintained to these standards.
The council's Licensing Division issue pleasure boat licences for vessels carrying no more than 12 passengers and which are under 24 metres in length, on voyages that are at no time outside categorised waters (i.e. waters not regarded as 'sea').
Please note: pleasure boat operators who wish to go outside categorised waters or carry more than 12 passengers on boats which are over 24 metres in length should contact the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for advice.
Downloadable application form
The applicant must:
- Have full knowledge of all statutory rules, regulations and byelaws applicable to navigation on all waters for which the licence is required.
- Hold a current Full Boatmans Licence.
- Have insurance to cover the boat, liability to passengers and third parties to a minimum of £2,000,000.
- Hold a Current Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Small Passenger Vessel Code Survey Certificate.
Licences are issued yearly and are not transferable nor can they be back dated. The council may suspend or revoke a licence at any time if it feels that this is necessary in the interests of the public.
We aim to deal with grant and renewal applications within 70 days for Boatman's licences and 84 days for Pleasure Boat licences. Tacit consent applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted/renewed if you have not heard from us by the end of the above application period.
Licensing Act 2003
If alcohol or regulated entertainment is provided on board to passengers then a Premises Licence is required under the above Act. Contact the Licensing Division for further details. It is an offence under s.136 of the above Act, to provide alcohol for sale or supply without the provision of a Premises Licence or Temporary Event Notice in place.