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Updated 15 May 2020
To protect staff and customers during the Coronavirus outbreak, new registrations cannot currently be undertaken at Ferry Nab or at the National Park office in Kendal.
New registrations can be made by post or electronically following the process detailed below.
You can renew your registration online by debit or credit card using our secure online payment system.
All powered vessels must be registered and display numbers and annual marks as prescribed to be compliant with the Windermere Registration byelaws. Failure to do so is a breach of the byelaws and results in the master of the vessel being liable to prosecution.
All powered boats on Windermere, whether in use, moored, for private use or business must have a current Windermere Registration. This includes any boat with an outboard or electric motor or any other mechanical means of propulsion.
Please print and complete the Windermere Annual Boat Registration Form (PDF)
The form must be accompanied by photocopies of two proofs of identity. These must include the name and current postal address of the person registering as the owner. Driving licences, utility bills, bank statements, council tax bills or similar are acceptable. Do not send originals.
Submit the completed form and the proofs of identity using one of the methods below:
The registration form can also be used:
You can renew online by debit or credit card using our secure online payment system. Paying online is the fastest way to renew and it reduces our admin costs.
When we process your first application to register a boat we need to check your identity and have your signature on the registration form.
You can renew in person at our head office using your renewal letter. If you take a paper copy of your email or do not have a renewal reminder, you will need to show a proof of identity (including address, such as a driving licence or utility bill) and complete a renewal form.
Registration numbers and annual marks must be displayed in accordance with the Windermere Lake Byelaws 2008 (PDF). Failure to do so may result in enforcement action.
Please read our helpful guide to Windermere registration numbers (PDF).
The exemption for vessels registered on the Small Ships Register ended in April 2011. All powered vessels must now be registered with the Windermere Registration Scheme.
Registered owners have a legal obligation, under the Windermere Lake Byelaws 2008 (PDF) to notify us in writing within 14 days of the sale or disposal of the vessel.
Please send us the date of transfer and the name and address of the new owner (plus phone numbers and an email address if you have them).
It's important to stay safe when heading out onto the water. Take a look at our short water safety videos for tips on installing carbon monoxide detectors and how to use a kill cord and life jacket.
Map of Windermere lake which shows you jetties, where to park, where to catch ferries and hire boats, footpaths and cycle routes to explore and lake shore towns with facilities like toilets and cafes.