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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.

A licence is required for anyone wishing to use a vessel for commercial charter as a pleasure boat that is under 24 metres in length, does not carry any more than 12 passengers and does not undertake voyages which go out to sea.

The definition of a 'pleasure boat' or 'pleasure vessel' is a boat or vessel that is let out for hire to the public or is used for carrying passengers for hire.

It is unlawful to carry on such an operation without having first obtained the benefit of a Commercial Pleasure Boat Licence.

Licences are subject to a fee and conditions may be attached to a licence.

 

Eligibility Criteria

No provision in legislation.

 
          Feepdf icon Colchester Borough Council's Licensing Fees and Charges. [72kb] 

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

 

Application Evaluation Process

No provision in legislation.

 
Target
  Completion
 Period

The target completion period for a Pleasure Boat Licence application is 28 days.

 

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

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 and Pay Online

We are sorry but the facility to make and pay for a full electronic applications is not yet available. However a downloadable (pdf) version of the form is available from the following link:

pdf icon Pleasure Boat Licence Application form [17kb]

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 Apply via post or in person

The requirements of licensing a pleasure boat in accordance with the Public Health Amendment Act 1907 as amended by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, include the Safety Certification of the vessel and the holding of suitable Public Liability insurance. In view of the complexity of these requirements please contact the Licensing Specialist Unit for further information and/or an application form. Contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Colchester Borough Council 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 Colchester Borough Council 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, Consumer rights - GOV.UK will give you advice. 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)