Owning a boat

1. Overview

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

You must register your boat if you want to use it on inland waterways, eg rivers and canals.

Boat safety requirements

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


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.