Pleasure boat licence

If you wish to let for hire or use a boat or vessel for carrying passengers for hire; and you are a person in charge of or navigating such boat or vessel you will need a pleasure boat licence and a boatman licence.

The requirement to hold a licence does not apply to boats or vessels licensed under Board of Trade Regulations or to those on a canal owned or managed by the British Waterways Board.


To apply for a pleasure boat licence you must:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • have a full knowledge of all statutory rules, regulations and byelaws applicable to navigate on the water or waters for which the licence is required
  • not suffer from any disease or physical disability which could affect your fitness to assist in the charge of pleasure boats, vessels or craft let for hire
  • hold a valid insurance certificate to cover third party liability in respect of the boats/vessels operated

Pleasure boat licence fees

Type of licenceFee
Two-year licence application £219
Renewal £219

Apply for a pleasure boat licence

To apply for a pleasure boat licence for a premises in Horsham District, please print out and fill in our application form

Sign it and return it to us along with:

  • the correct fee
  • any relevant qualifications certificate
  • a recent medical form completed by your own doctor
  • a valid insurance certificate
  • such other information we may require to determine if you and the boat/vessel meets the eligibility criteria above.

On receipt of an application we will arrange an inspection of the boat/vessel.

If you have not heard from us within 28 days, tacit consent applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted.

Where objections have been received to the application, we must determine the application within 56 days.

Further information