Name
Pleasure boat licence
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Summary

To hire out water-bound pleasure crafts (including sailboards, rowing boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, motor boats, pedalos and larger boats) that are for personal use or carry passengers, you need a licence.

You must not carry more passengers than you are licensed to carry.

Legislation
Fees
Licence Fee 2022/23
Grant or renewal with BC accreditation £126
Grant or renewal without BC accreditation (plus boat inspection fee) £357
Change of business name £18
Transfer £49
Variation £215 plus £201 if committee hearing required
Copy of licence £18
Application and guidance notes

You will need to complete one of the following application forms and return it with the application fee and listed supporting information to the Licensing Section, Herefordshire Council, 8 St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ, or email licensing@herefordshire.gov.uk

For businesses working towards, or who have, the BC accreditation, the pleasure boat application with BC accreditation form must be completed and submitted together with:

  • A copy of the Public Liability Insurance Certificate (with minimum cover of £1,000,000)
  • Evidence of either working towards or having obtained the BC Accreditation Scheme Certificate
  • The relevant fee

For businesses who do not wish to follow the BC route of accreditation, the pleasure boat application without BC accreditation form must be completed and submitted together with:

  • A copy of your Public Liability Insurance Certificate (with minimum cover of £5,000,000)
  • The relevant fee

These businesses are responsible for the full payment of the BC boat inspection fee. For any queries regarding the accreditation scheme or the BC inspection costs, please contact British Canoeing directly.

Register
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Complaints
Contact us in the first instance.
Contact details

If you wish to speak to a licensing officer, please either telephone or email using the following contact information:

  • Telephone: 01432 261761 (all calls are dealt with by our contact centre staff and are allocated to an officer who will take action on the service request between one to five working days)
  • Fax: 01432 261982
  • Email: licensing@herefordshire.gov.uk
  • Address: Licensing Section, Herefordshire Council, 8 St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PJ