Craft Registrations


The River Stour Trust can issue craft registrations for unpowered and manually propelled private craft on behalf of the Environment Agency for all Environment Agency waterways (not just the Anglian waterways). Their tariff applies to unpowered vessels only e.g. canoes, kayaks, rowing boats and inflatable craft.

  • Valid on dates between 01.04.21 – 31.03.22
  • An additional minimum £1.75 admin fee applies to each order and is referenced as a ‘Shipping’ cost in your shopping cart.

Compare the types of available registrations below and start application by clicking on one of the headings: Weekly, Monthly or Annual.

Valid for 1 – 7
consecutive days
Valid up to 31
consecutive days
Valid between
1 April – 31 March
Fee is per private unpowered craft, up to 7 consecutive days, unlimited issues during season (1 Apr-31 Mar).Fee is per private unpowered craft, up to 31 consecutive days, 3 maximum per season (1 Apr-31 Mar) after which only an annual registration can be issued.Fee is per private unpowered craft, within season (1 Apr-31 Mar). All annual registrations expire on 31 March regardless of when they start. There are no pro-rata annual registration charges.

The Environment Agency takes enforcement action if it finds any boat moored or in use if it is not displaying a current, valid registration plate. All boats kept, used or let for hire on the river must be registered. The EA craft registration period is 1 April-31 March.

If you have a boat and you keep it afloat and/or use it on the Anglian waterways, you need to register it, even if you do not use it. Anglian waterways cover the River Great Ouse System, River Nene, River Stour, River Ancholme, Black Sluice, River Welland and River Glen. These requirements extend to boats kept on any part of our Anglian waterways including backwaters and marinas.

The River Stour Trust cannot deal with craft registrations for powered (even if only occasionally), houseboats, sailing boats, ‘commercial’ or any vessels available for let or hire. In the above instances, please instead contact the Environment Agency Boat Registration Team directly on 03708 506 506 or email If your craft has an auxiliary engine then it needs to be registered under the appropriate powered tariff which cannot be administered by the River Stour Trust.

The River Stour Trust will process craft registration applications as quickly as possible but it is advisable to contact us to check whether we can process your application by a certain time.

Discs are no longer issued for the weekly registrations but electronic proof of payment will suffice in all cases should you not receive your receipt/disc before your trip. Hard copies of monthly/annual registrations will be posted or you can arrange to collect in person – Contact us.