EA Boat Registration FAQs

For all Environment Agency Boat Registration queries please see our FAQs.

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What boats need to be registered with the EA?

A boat is defined as:

–         Any vessel with or without a motor, eg sailing boat, river boat, canal boat or houseboat

–         Any “open boat” eg canoe, paddleboard, rowing boat or dinghy

You must register or licence your boat if you want to keep or use it on inland waterways, eg rivers and canals.

How are registered boats identified?

Through the existing British Rowing boat identity scheme all boats are required to have a unique ID code identifying it. This code is made up of three letters identifying the club (the boat code allocated by ourselves as per your Club Management system) and three numbers identifying the boat, eg ABC 123.

Overseas clubs can apply for a boat identification code from us to enable them to race in their own boats on EA waters.

Who is responsible for enforcing the scheme?

The EA, with the co-operation of British Rowing. The list of registered boats, identified by their unique codes, is made available to the EA so that boats on the water can be checked to ensure they are properly registered. Random checks by the EA will be made at clubs and at regattas. Any boat that is not registered will be liable for the normal penalties applied by EA for unregistered boats.

What is the annual registration period?

The scheme runs from 1 April to 31 March annually.

How much do registrations cost?

British Rowing has negotiated a reduced price for its members. The current prices for this year can be found here.

Who is eligible to buy registrations from British Rowing?

Clubs who boat on EA waters and clubs who row on EA waters for competition or training. A map of EA waters and events taking place on these waters can be accessed here.

Can individuals purchase registrations from British Rowing?

Individual members who have their own boat are able to register this boat as part of their club’s application. The boat will need a unique ID code made up of the boat code (3 letters denoting the club) and the boat number (3 numbers not already allocated to another club boat) eg ABC 124

How do clubs apply for or renew registrations?

Clubs can apply for EA boat registrations through the Club Management System.

The individual who does this will need a British Rowing membership with a username and password to be able to access this system. They must log in through the website – www.britishrowing.org – and select the Club Management button. This will open the Club Management system which includes a tab for EA Boat Registration. New boats can be added and previous registrations can be renewed before payment is made, either online via Stripe or by invoice.

The Club Management administrator can grant permission to a “deputy” if needed to allow another individual to register the boats.

To find out who your Club Management administrator is, please email clubs@britishrowing.org.

How do I pay for my Environment Agency (EA) boat registrations?

Once you have selected the boats you wish to add/renew on the Club Management system you can choose to either:

“Confirm and Pay Online” – this will take you directly to the Stripe website where payment can be made instantly.


“Confirm and Pay by Invoice” – this will notify us that you need an invoice which we will draw up and send out to you by post.

If you wish to receive this invoice by email please write to membership@britishrowing.org to notify us of this and confirm your email address. Please also ensure that your Club Management system has a current email address on record.

Can clubs register boats at any time throughout the year?

Yes, boats can be registered at any point within the registration period but clubs will be required to pay the full registration fee for the year regardless of when they do this.

As an overseas crew do we need a registration if our crew is competing in, or training for, an event on EA waters in England?

If you are competing/training in a boat on loan from a UK club you will need to confirm with the club that the relevant boat is registered.

If you are planning to bring your own boat over then you will need to purchase a licence for that boat. If you don’t already have your boat identification code (related to your club) you can apply for one from British Rowing by emailing membership@britishrowing.org.

Then you can either organise an annual registration for your boat through British Rowing as a non-EA based club or you can apply for a temporary registration from the EA itself.

Why would a club need a temporary registration?

Temporary registrations are for non-EA based clubs who may only compete on EA waters as a one-off. If you compete more often it is better to register your boats through British Rowing as a non-EA based club.

Temporary registrations are available for 7 consecutive days or 31 consecutive days and can only be purchased directly from the EA.

The EA can be contacted on 03708 506 506 or via boatreg@environment-agency.gov.uk.

What registration do I buy if a boat is to be used by juniors and seniors?

You will need to buy a standard registration. The junior registration is only available for boats used exclusively by juniors (with the exception of coxswains).

When I sell a registered boat do I retain the registration?

Yes, when a boat is sold you must remove the boat identification label and the purchaser will need to obtain a new registration for that boat using their club’s boat code. You are able to use the identification code of the sold boat on a replacement boat within your club.

Where can I get Boat Identification Stickers made?

There are two websites that offer this service: www.randracing.com and www.nickosticko.me.

What are the insurance and boat safety requirements for powered safety or coaching launches?

Full details of all insurance and boat safety requirements are available at https://www.gov.uk/register-a-boat.

If you have any further questions please contact the Membership team: clubs@britishrowing.org.

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