FOI release

Number of houseboats in England and Wales as at 31 March 2015

A response to an FOI asking for the number of households who are boat dwellers in each local authority in England.

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This is the response to a request for information seeking a record of the number of households who are boat dwellers in each local authority in England.

Caseworkers use Dwelling Type “TH” and Dwelling Group “72” when they identify a houseboat, captured as part of the property attributes on the VOA administrative database. Total counts for each local authority district in England are provided.

Counts are rounded to the nearest 10. However, counts of zero are reported as “0” and counts between one and four (inclusive) are reported as negligible and denoted by “-“. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

The VOA regularly publishes statistics relating to the Council Tax stock of properties, the most recent publication (providing CT stock of property statistics as at 31 March 2015) can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/council-tax-stock-of-properties-2015.