What is a Pleasure Boats Licence?
If you either own or you are in charge of a pleasure boat that is to be let out for hire to members of the public or to be used for carrying fare paying passengers you must obtain a Pleasure Boats Licence.
How to apply for a Pleasure Boats Licence
A Pleasure Boats Licence must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.
What are the conditions for a Pleasure Boats Licence?
The following conditions must be followed and withheld at all times once an applicant has a Pleasure Boats Licence.
you must not carry more passengers than your Pleasure Boats Licence permits (normally no more than 12).
you may also need a certificate stating the boat is properly designed, constructed, maintained and equipped and will be safe for how and where you want to use it.
your local council may also attach other conditions to your Pleasure Boats Licence, for example what insurance you need and on which waterways you can take your boat on.
Displaying your licence
You must display a copy of your Pleasure Boats Licence in a visible place inside the boat.
If you use a pleasure boat to carry passengers, you must also clearly mark it with the name of its owner and the words “licensed to carry persons” plus the maximum number of passengers allowed.
Fines and penalties
If you don’t hold a Pleasure Boats Licence and hire out or use your pleasure boat to carry passengers, you could be fined up to £1,000.
You could also be fined £1,000 if you don’t follow any conditions of your licence.