Any person who wishes to be in charge of or navigate a pleasure boat/vessel for the purpose of letting it out for hire to members of the public or to be used for carrying passengers for hire, must obtain licences from the Local Authority.

Other ways to apply

By post - print off the relevant application form below and send it to:

Licensing Authority, Regulatory Services and Public Protection, Room 704, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8PB.

Pleasure Boatman Licence Application Form (pdf)
Pleasure Boat Application Form (pdf)
Pleasure Boat Conditions (pdf, 34kb)

What information will I need before I apply?

Items to be submitted with this fully completed application form:-

  • The appropriate licence fee, payable at the time of submitting this application form.
  • A current Department of Transport Boatmens Licence (B.M.L.4) applicable to the applicant.
  • A V.H.F Licence applicable to the applicant.
  • Two passport type photographs of the applicant

Current Licence Fees

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granrted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it using the contact details below.

Right to Appeal

Any applicant who is refused a licence has a right of appeal to the Licensing Sub-Committee and/or a Magistrates Court. In the event of an application being refused the applicant will be informed of the grounds for refusal and will be advised as to the appeals procedure.

Contact Details

For further information or clarification please contact:

Licensing Office
Newington Road East
Newcastle upon Tyne

Phone: 0191 278 3865

Page last updated: 
12 December 2017
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