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Boat and Boatmen's Licences

The Council operates two licensing schemes: 1. Licensing pleasure boats to operate in the Torridge estuary 2. Certifying small commercial vessels which go to sea from a Nominated Departure Point. Applicants are advised to consult the Authority's Licensing Policy for Small Commercial Vessels before making a formal application. This can be viewed or downloaded from this page.

Eligibility Criteria

VESSELS OPERATING IN THE TORRIDGE ESTUARY.

These are regulated under the Council's own licensing scheme.  The Torridge Estuary is defined as waters within a line bearing 200 degrees from the lighthouse at Crow Point to the shore at Skern Point.  Vessels are licensed  in accordance with the 'Recommendations and Regulations Affecting the Licensing and Operation of Small Craft' issued by the South West Regional Standing Committee on Safety of Small Craft.

The Council can license vessels which carry up to 12 passengers.  If your vessel has capacity for more than 12 passengers, you will need to apply to the Maritime and Coastguard agency for a licence.

The application fee for a Boat or Boatman's Licence is £100.00.  The fee to renew a licence is £91.00.  Fees are reviewed annually.

The Council may attach conditions to Boat and Boatman's Licences.

Target completion period: we will aim to issue your licence within 4 working days from determination of your application

Regulation Summary

A summary of the relevant legislation for this licence.

Application Evaluation Process

If you wish to apply for a Pleasure Boat Licence, your vessel will require inspection by a qualified marine surveyor to ensure it is seaworthy. The surveyor will make a charge for this.  You will also need to have minimum Public Liability insurance cover of £2,000,000.

If you wish to skipper a vessel licensed by the Council, you will need to submit a separate application for a Boatman's Licence.  You will be required to undergo a test of your competence as a boatman and have a medical examination with your GP.  Your GP will make a charge for this. 

Further information on boat licences is available in our guidance notes: "Boat and Boatman's Licences - Information for Applicants" (see download on the right).  

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 us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online below if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Apply Online

You may Apply Online by clicking Apply Online Here or via the Related Links to the right of this page.

Applicant Appeal

If an application for a licence is refused, the applicant may appeal to a Magistrates' court after a period of two days has elapsed after notification of refusal.  Applicants must give 24 hours' notice of their appeal in writing.

Licence Holder Appeal

Please contact us in the first instance.

If a licence is suspended or revoked, the licence holder may appeal to a Magistrates' court after a period of two days has elapsed after notification of suspension or revocation.  Applicants must give 24 hours' notice of their appeal in writing.

Customer Complaint

If you have a complaint about a pleasure boat, please try to resolve this direct with the boat owner in the first instance.  If you are unable to resolve the situation, please put your complaint in writing to the Licensing Team.

Other Redress

Please contact us in the first instance so that we can direct your complaint to the appropriate person or organisation.

Trade Associations

None.

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VESSELS OPERATING AT SEA.

These are regulated under the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's  (MCA) Code of Practice for the Safety of Small Vessels in Commercial Use for Sport or Pleasure Operating from a Nominated Departure Point.  The Code applies to vessels which:

  • are under 24 metres in length
  • are in commercial use for sport or pleasure
  • carry no more than 12 passengers
  • do not carry cargo
  • operate only in favourable weather and daylight from a nominated departure point (NDP), and
  • are restricted to operate no more than 3 miles from their NDP.

 The Council has been approved by the MCA as a certifying authority for this type of vessel.

Only persons who hold a skipper's qualification approved by the MCA are allowed to operate this type of vessel.  Approved qualifications are:

  • RYA/DOT Certificate of Competency or Service as a Coastal Skipper
  • MCA Boatmaster's Licence Grade 3
  • Certificate of Competency issued by a Competent Authority (e.g. MCA)
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical Certificate
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate.

You can view further information on the Boatmaster's Licence by clicking on the icon on the right.

You will also need to provide documentary evidence of medical fitness (click on icon on right) and a Radio Operator's Certificate.

The  fee for certification is £100.00.  The fee to renew a certification is £91.00.  Fees are reviewed annually.

Your vessel will be inspected by a qualified marine surveyor to ensure its seaworthiness.  The surveyor will make a charge for this.  You will also need to have in place Public Liability Insurance cover to a minimum of £2,000,000.

We will aim to issue your certificate within 4 working days of receipt of a valid application.

Further information on boat licences is available in our guidance notes: "Boat and Boatman's Licences - Information for Applicants" (see download on the right).