The Government has published the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England)Regulations 2018 under section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The effect of the new regulations is to replace some existing licensing regimes and to put in place a new licensing regime to control certain licensed animal activities.
All pleasure boats, for example sailboards, rowing boats, canoes, motor boats, pedalos etc need to have a boat licence.
This includes any hired out to customer’s, or those run by you to carry fare-paying passengers.
We only licence boats that can carry up to 12 people and you may only carry the agreed number of passengers onboard. It must also comply with the Marine and Coastguard Agency Inland Waters Small Passenger Boat Code and should have a current Environment Agency River Medway Registration.
Anyone working and helping to run passenger-carrying pleasure boats must have a Boatman’s Licence.
To get a Boatman’s Licence you must have the right training and certification, be fit and able to handle the vessel, and assist passengers safely.
We'll also need to see originals of:
You can give them to one of our Licensing Officers in the Maidstone Link between 10am and 1pm, Monday to Thursday or post them to:Licensing
Boat Licences are issued for one year, and are renewed yearly.
To apply for a boatman licence you'll need to send us:
You can alternatively apply by post by downloading and completing our boatman licence application form and send it toLicensing
Boat and Boatman Licences are issued for one year, and are renewed yearly.
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