Anglian waterways: boat registration and application forms

Guidance, application forms and charges information to apply for a boat registration on Anglian waterways.

All boats on Environment Agency waterways must be registered. A boat includes not only boats such as narrowboats, cruisers and barges, but also unpowered enclosed boats, canoes and rowing skiffs.

Registration costs for powered boats are based on the length of your boat. There is a set charge for unpowered open boats (excluding unpowered enclosed boats). Prices are listed in the registration charges sheet.

We don’t currently offer an online boat registration renewal service; to renew your boat registration please contact the boat registration team.

The Environment Agency aim to process your application as quickly as possible. At busy times it can take up to 10 working days from the day of receipt to issue your registration, please allow additional time for postage.

Environment Agency boat registration team

PO Box 544
S60 1BY


Telephone 03708 506 506

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Find out about call charges

Once you are registered, you will receive a registration certificate and plate by email. The plate must be printed and displayed on your boat.

We can print and post a registration certificate and plate to you if you do not have access to a printer. This may take a little longer than normal.

For further information about boat registration see Register a boat.

Closures and restrictions take place on the Anglian waterways throughout the year, please check closures and restrictions information before you plan your journey.


Boat registration (licence) forms

Payment forms

Boat registration (licence) changes

Updates to this page

Published 31 March 2014
Last updated 18 August 2022 + show all updates
  1. Update on delays to processing boat registrations removed as processing times now back to normal.

  2. Update on processing times for boat registrations.

  3. New boat registration forms added

  4. Clarification that when you receive a registration certificate and plate by email, the plate must be printed and displayed on your boat when government restrictions allow.

  5. Coronavirus (COVID-19) update on registration plates added.

  6. Some text changes.

  7. First published.