Environment Agency charging schemes

Details of the fees and charges for Environment Agency-regulated activities including permits, licences and registrations.

This page groups together Environment Agency (EA) charging scheme and guidance. You’ll usually find details of the relevant costs on the specific GOV.UK page explaining the service, permit or licence.

All charges for environmental permits and licences are outside the scope of VAT.

Setting charges

The Environment Agency (EA) is required by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to recover the costs of its main regulatory services from those they regulate. For other aspects of EA work relating to fisheries, recreation and navigation, they raise charges on those who benefit, supplemented by government grants.

All charges are agreed by Defra and the Environment Agency board. The approval process includes consultation and approval by government ministers.


For general enquiries on charging please email

For billing queries, please contact the address on the back of your invoice.

For complex queries regarding the interpretation of charges, please email

Charging consultations

The Environment Agency consult on changes to fees and charges. You can sign up for email alerts for new consultations on the Environment Agency consultations section of GOV.UK.

  1. Environment Agency charge proposals from April 2018

    • Closed consultation
  2. Consultation on Environment Agency charges from 2015

    • Closed consultation

Regulatory permits, licences and registrations

Covers waste facilities, installations, mining waste operations, waste exemptions, mobile plant, water quality (discharges to water and groundwater), radioactive substances, waste registrations, water abstraction and other miscellaneous charges.


Boating, navigation and mooring.

  1. Anglian waterways: registration charges

    • Guidance
  2. Boat registration: refunding or transferring your registration

    • Guidance
  3. Lydney Harbour: information for boaters

    • Guidance
  4. River Medway: registration charges

    • Guidance
  5. Rye Harbour: navigation charges

    • Guidance
  6. Rye Harbour: charges for visiting boats

    • Guidance
  7. River Thames: boat registration charges

    • Form
  8. River Thames: mooring charges

    • Guidance


Rod fishing licence costs are provided on the buy a UK fishing rod licence page.

Published 19 June 2014
Last updated 16 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. New link to the Environment Agency's consultation on charge proposals from April 2018.
  2. River Thames 2015 charging information added.
  3. Added link to 2015 charges consultation and removed links to older closed consultations.
  4. First published.