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Pleasure boat licence

To hire out water-bound pleasure crafts (including sailboards, rowing boats, canoes, motor boats, pedallos and larger boats) that are for personal use or carrying passengers, you need a licence. Both the pleasure boat or vessel and the person in charge of the vessel and any other persons navigating it must be licensed. You must not carry more passengers than you are licensed to carry.

Licences may be subject to a fee. Conditions may be attached to a licence.

If you are an existing licence holder you can also renew your licence or make a change to your licence.

Apply online via Gov.uk

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence is available on the legislation.gov.uk website.

Will tacit consent apply?

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

Failed application redress

Please contact us in the first instance. 

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so two days after the decision to your local Magistrates' Court at Gateshead Magistrates' Court, Warwick Street, Gateshead, NE8 1DT.

License holder redress

Please contact us in the first instance. 

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may do so from two days after the decision to your local Magistrates' Court at Gateshead Magistrates' Court, Warwick Street, Gateshead, NE8 1DT.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, the Citizens Advice Consumer Service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

If there is a concern about noise pollution for example, relating to a pleasure boat or vessel please contact our Environmental Protection team on 0191 433 3131 (office hours 8.30am -5pm Monday - Thursday; 8.30am - 4.30pm Friday) or 0191 433 2648 (after hours and weekends) or email environmentalhealth@gateshead.gov.uk.

Trade associations

Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA)

Contact us

Licensing
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

0191 433 4741
licensing@gateshead.gov.uk

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