River Thames: boat registration and application forms

Guidance, application forms and charges information to apply for a boat registration (licence) on the River Thames.

All vessels on Environment Agency waterways must be registered. A vessel includes not only boats such as narrowboats, cruisers and barges, but also floating caravans, lodges and houses.

Registration costs for powered boats are based on the area of your boat calculated in square metres by multiplying the length by the beam (width). There is a set charge for unpowered boats (excludes houseboats).

The Environment Agency doesn’t currently offer an online boat registration renewal service. To renew your boat registration, contact the boat registration team.

Environment Agency boat registration team

PO Box 544
S60 1BY

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Find out about call charges

For further information about boat registration see Register a boat.

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


  1. River Thames: boat registration requirements

    • 31 March 2014
    • Guidance
  2. River Thames: boat registration charges

    • 28 November 2014
    • Form

Exemption forms

  1. Boat Safety Scheme: application for exemption

    • 10 July 2013
    • Form

Payment forms

  1. River Thames: direct debit application form

    • 21 November 2014
    • Form

Boat registration (licence) changes

  1. Boat registration: refunding or transferring your registration

    • 21 November 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Environment Agency waterways: change of ownership or address form

    • 9 December 2013
    • Form