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Windermere boat registration

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.

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.

Current fees

  • £20 for new registrations
  • £10 for a full set of self-adhesive registration numbers - postage included
  • £15 for registration renewals
  • £20 to transfer the registration into a new owner's name
  • £1 for a replacement single self-adhesive registration number

All registrations are valid from 1 January to 31 December.

How to register your boat for Windermere

New Windermere boat registrations can be made online

You will be asked to upload 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. Take a photo of the full document on your phone or camera and upload the photo.

New registrations can no longer be undertaken at Ferry Nab or at the National Park office in Kendal.

Please allow ten days for your boat numbers and annual marks to be sent to you, your registration is only complete once the mark and numbers are on your boat.

How to renew your Windermere registration

Renew your Windermere boat registration online

You will be asked to put in your Customer Number which will be on the email we send you asking for renewal.

Display of numbers and annual marks

Registration numbers and annual marks must be displayed in accordance with the Windermere Lake Byelaws. Failure to do so may result in enforcement action.

Please read our guide to design and display of numbers and annual marks.

Small Ships Register

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.

When you sell your registered boat

Registered owners have a legal obligation, under the Windermere Lake Byelaws 2008 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).

windermere.registration @lakedistrict.gov.uk

Windermere Registration
LDNPA
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Kendal
LA9 7RL

Staying safe on the water

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.

Useful publications and links

Windermere lake guide

Windermere Lake Guide

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.