Annual Licences 

ANT would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking out an annual licence. All the licence fees are ploughed straight back into the running of the river, the maintenance and improvement of the locks and infrastructure.

The Gateway Magazine provides more information on the engineering works and the projects ANT have recently been involved with. 


The Annual licence covers the River Avon from Alveston Weir to the confluence with the Severn at Tewkesbury and runs from 1st January to 31st December. 

ALL CRAFT moored on, or using for any purpose whatsoever, or for whatever period, any part of the waters of the Avon, including that part upstream of it’s confluence with the Severn, all marinas, basins and backwaters, must display a current Avon Navigation Trust Licence.

Boat Licences are not transferable from one craft to another. No refunds are given for boats sold, the annual licence remains with the craft.

All craft MUST have a permanent mooring.


Please remember that your licence fee goes to help pay for the upkeep of the river and the locks and ensure that boating on the Avon safe and enjoyable.

Insurance Documentation 

All craft (powered and unpowered) must be insured. ANT recommends at least £3m cover including salvage cover. Copy of current certificate must accompany all annual registration forms. You will need to enclose or upload a copy of your current insurance certificate and a copy of your current BSS pass certificate (if not already held by ANT) together with your payment. 

Boat Safety Scheme Certificate

All boats operating on the Avon require a Boat Safety Scheme Certificate (BSS) or a Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) for brand new boats.  This is like a boat MOT – your insurance and river licence will be invalid if you do not have a current BSS.

A copy of this needs to be attached to the application form (these can be uploaded during the online process on this website).

Only boats with no cabin, no fixed fuel and no cooking facilities (like a canoe or very basic open motor boats are exempt).

More information is available at or contact the ANT office on 01386 552517.


How much will my boat licence cost?

The price of an annual licence will depend on the length of your boat and if it is powered or un-powered. The online licence system below will automatically work this out for you. If you would like to see the grid of prices, to check what it will cost, this can be found on the appropriate Licence Information leaflets on the Documents Page 


How / Where to get your Licence


Option 1 – (PREFERRED OPTION) Use the online system below to purchase your licence 


Option 2 – A PDF version of the application form is available to download on the Documents Page, along with the information leaflet needed to fill it in. This can then be returned by email or post.  Payment can be made over the phone by card, or by BACS. 


Licence Your Boat ONLINE HERE : 


Powered Craft - annual


Un-Powered Craft - annual


Paddle Craft - annual

More information 

The Licence information leaflets are available in the documents page – these display a list of the prices and more details. 

Licence terms and conditions