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Private boat licences

Every privately owned powered boat must be registered before use. Application for registration can be made by post to Customer Services, Cheshire West and Chester Council, The Forum, Chester CH1 2HS. Alternatively, forms may be submitted to Customer Services at the Forum Offices. Please contact Customer Services on 0300 123 7737 for further information.

A Daily Boat Licence for the River Dee can be purchased by contacting the Licensing Team, Monday to Friday, by email, at least 24 hours in advance: . You will need to provide the following.

  • Your name, address, the boat name, your boat insurance details, the date you want the licence for and a contact phone number to make a card payment

During their limited operations hours, which are seasonal and weather dependent, a Daily boat licence can also be purchased from The Chester Boat Hire Staff at the River bank at The Groves, Chester, CH1 1SD.

Please note: a four hour maximum stay applies to vehicles parked at Sandy Lane car park. Licence holders can obtain a permit to allow parking for over four hours and the following charges apply:

  • Day /Weekly licences   - free for up to four hours, £2. 00  for over four hours
  • Annual Licence holders may  purchase an annual parking pass for £20.00 (runs concurrent with annual licence)

Private boat licence fees

Private boatsFees

Annual licence


Weekly licence


Daily licence


The fee for a first registration is £72.

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