We receive many calls and emails from boaters to report
craft that they believe are unlicensed on the Bridgewater Canal. In some cases
the craft are actually licensed but not displaying.
This online boat checker has been created to enable anybody
to check if a craft has a current Bridgewater Canal licence.
To check whether a boat is licensed, enter its index
number, which for Bridgewater Canal registered craft is usually the letter ‘B’
followed by 4 numbers for example ‘B0001’.
If the boat is not licensed, you will then be given the
opportunity to provide information about the craft including its location. Each
completed form will be sent to our enforcement team and logged for
If the boat you are checking does not have a Bridgewater Canal
boat licence number displayed please use the no licence number visible button, you
will then be given the opportunity to provide information about the craft
including location, description and size.
The enforcement team now regularly patrols the Canal
using handheld computers and whenever we find an unlicensed boat we begin the
enforcement process which can ultimately lead to a craft being removed from the
Canal and sold or destroyed.