Owning a boat

Overview

You must follow safety regulations and check whether you need insurance if you own a boat.

You usually need to register your boat to use it on inland waterways, such as rivers and canals. Contact the navigation authority of the waterway you want to use.

Boat safety requirements

There are different safety requirements depending on whether you use your boat:

Insurance

You may need to get insurance before you can register and use your boat.

Register your boat

You can apply for a boat licence or registration once you’ve met the relevant safety and insurance requirements.