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Pleasure boat licenses

Do you need to licence pleasure boats, how to apply for one and who regulates and enforces pleasure boats.

Do I need to licence pleasure boats?

Yes

If you would like to take passengers out on a pleasure boat or vessel, or hire the boat or vessel out to members of the public you will need a licence.

Licences are issued by both the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Local Licensing Authority.

To apply to the council for a licence you will need to nominate a set departure point and the vessel or boat will need to be navigated by a licensed boatman.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is not currently authorised to issue pleasure boats or boatmen licence, you will need to contact the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (external website PDF - opens in a new window).

How do I apply for a pleasure boat licence?

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is not currently authorised to issue pleasure boats or boatmen licence, you will need to contact the  Maritime and Coastguard Agency (external website PDF - opens in a new window).

Who regulates and enforces pleasure boats?

If you want to report a possible unlicensed pleasure boat or boatman please contact the  Maritime and Coastguard Agency (external website PDF - opens in a new window).