Proposed changes to boat licence fees

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As part of our draft budget for 2023/24, we are proposing to increase most fees and charges by 10% in order to cover the costs of the service being charged for.

However, we understand the pressure of rising costs and recognise some businesses and individuals would find a 10% increase unaffordable.

We are therefore proposing an increase of just 5% to boat licence fees, which is below inflation so represents a real-terms cut in prices.

The new fees would take effect from April 2023 and are shown below.

2022/23 feeProposed 2023/24 feeProposed increase
Operators licence (first grant) £1,060.09£1,1135%
Operators licence renewal£273.21£2875%
Boat licence (per boat)£273.21£2875%
Crew licence (per person)£43.72£465%
Canoes, kayaks etc (per vessel)£21.89£235%
Transfer of boat licence£109.28£1155%
Application to amend the licensing conditions£327.85£3345%

This consultation on these proposals closed on Thursday 2 March 2023. All the feedback we receive will be reported to councillors who will set the budget for the coming year.

Published: 11 November 2022

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