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Pleasure boat licence

Pleasure boat licence

Licence summary

To hire out water-bound pleasure crafts (including sailboards, rowing boats, canoes, motor boats, pedalos and larger boats) that are for personal use or carrying passengers, you need a licence. You must not carry more passengers than you are licensed to carry.

Licences may be subject to a fee. Conditions may be attached to a licence.

Eligibility criteria

No provision in legislation

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application evaluation process

No provision in legislation

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

OR

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Apply online

Apply to offer boats for hire

Tell us about a change to your boat hire business

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so two days after the decision to your local Magistrates' Court.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so from two days after the decision to your local Magistrates' Court. You must give 24 hours notice of your intention to appeal.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, you can find consumer advice on the Gov.uk website. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade associations

Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA)


Last updated on 05 October 2018