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Environment Agency to consult on new registration charges

Published on: 18 July 2018

River Thames at Henley

Update 20 July 2018

The Environment Agency has published the consultation, which is available here:

The consultation process closes on 30 August 2018.

Published 19 July 2018

As announced in British Marine's “Where we’ve been and Who we’ve seen” update on 5 July, British Marine can confirm that the Environment Agency (EA) will consult with boating customers and other interested and affected parties on proposals for boat registration charges on its waterways for the years 2019/20 and 2020/21.

The consultation, which has yet to be published, will run for six weeks during summer 2018. The proposed increases are the same percentages as those implemented for 2018/19. The EA states they reflect the significant gap between existing levels of income from boat registration charges on each waterway and the cost of providing the services which these charges are intended to pay for.

As previously stated, the increases proposed are:

  • River Thames: 5.7%
  • Anglian Waterways: 7.5%
  • Upper Medway: 10%
  • Unpowered boats, which have a nationally consistent charge and boats (powered and unpowered) covered by the EA's joint registration agreements with third parties (i.e. Canal & River Trust - Gold Licence, British Canoeing, British Rowing): 7.7%* 

* This is taken as an average of the three individual percentages for each waterway area because they have nationally consistent charges.

Ahead of the consultation, the EA has published an advance customer briefing which covers more detail on the two year proposal and how it plans to take forward its five year funding plan for 2021 – 2026.

British Marine will be leading an industry response and will ensure that once the consultation is placed in the public domain, affected members are notified. If you are a British Marine member who will be affected by these proposals and want more information or wish to contribute to British Marine's submission, please contact the External Relations team on Tel: 01784 223644.