Apply for a boat licence


Apply for a boat licence

Licensing applies to all pieces of water in East Northamptonshire where boats are available for hire by members of the public.

The licence covers pleasure boats and pleasure vessels to be let for hire or used for carrying up to 12 passengers. 


For costs, view our licensing fees and charges.

You will need a copy of your:

  • public liability insurance
  • handover procedure
  • environment agency registration
  • hiring terms and conditions

Next steps

Please refer to our boats for hire licensing scheme for details of how your application may be considered and awarded or refused.

A licence lasts for a period of 12 months. Renewal licence applications should be submitted a month in advance of a current licence expiry.

Last updated 29 November 2023