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).

To calculate the charge for your registration, visit our charges sheet.

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

You can buy a visitor registration for either a powered or an unpowered boat at any River Thames lock when there is a lock keeper on duty. To buy your visitor registration at the lock you must complete the registration form they provide you with onsite, we cannot accept any other forms.

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 charges

    • Form
  2. River Thames: boat registration requirements

    • Guidance

Boat registration (licence) forms

  1. River Thames: application for registration of a launch

    • Form
  2. River Thames: visiting launch: short period application

    • Form
  3. River Thames: unpowered boat application form

    • Form

Exemption forms

  1. Boat Safety Scheme: application for exemption

    • Form

Payment forms

  1. River Thames: direct debit application form

    • Form

Boat registration (licence) changes

  1. Boat registration: refunding or transferring your registration

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

    • Form