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Boatman's Licences

 

There is a requirement to be licensed as a Boatman in order to hire out craft. The Licences are in the form of a Restricted or Full Boatmans Licence.

Restricted Boatman's Licence

Applies to persons/operators on the shore or pier only and does not include the navigation of pleasure craft to be used for carrying passengers for hire.

In order to qualify applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or over have a full knowledge of all statutory rules, regulations and byelaws applicable to navigation on the water or waters for which the licence is required.
  • Not suffer from any disease or physical disability which could effect his or her fitness to assist in the charge of pleasure boats, vessels or craft let for hire.

Full Boatman's Licence

Applies to persons/operator who assist in the charge and navigation of pleasure boats, craft or vessels to be let for hire or be used for carrying passengers for hire.

In order to qualify applicants must:

  • Be over 18 years of age have a full knowledge of all statutory rules, regulations and byelaws applicable to navigation on the water or waters for which the licence is required. 
  • Not suffer from any disease or physical disability which could effect his or her fitness to assist in the charge of pleasure boats, vessels or craft let for hire.

All applicants are asked to complete a declaration as to their fitness. Matters to be considered are any limb defect which restricts mobility or movement, Epilepsy, Fainting, or Cardio Vesicular problems or Mental Illness.

Licences are issued on an annual basis. They are not transferable and cannot be backdated.

The Council may suspend, or revoke a licence at any time whenever they deem such suspension or revocation to be necessary in the interests of the public.

If you wish to apply for a licence, please contact us.

Contact Us

Licensing
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

Email: licensing@gateshead.gov.uk
Phone: 0191 433 4741

0191 433 3947
Fax: 0191 477 4827
E-mail: Licensing