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Craft Registration

All vessels (both manually propelled and power driven) that use the river between Bottisham Lock and the Mill Pond (‘Cam Conservancy Area’) must register with the Conservators. The licensing year is from 1 April to 31 March inclusive. Owners of power driven craft based on Environment Agency waters seeking to visit the Cam Conservancy Area at any time during the licensing year must purchase a Cam premium licence (Anglian Region registration + 10%) from the Agency. During the licensing year, owners of power driven craft from Environment Agency waterways which do not have a Cam premium licence must purchase a Cam annual visitor licence from the Conservancy offices. The annual visitor licence entitles the owner to up to 90 days cruising time in the Cam Conservancy Area over the course of the year. Boats visiting for a regatta should check the position with the regatta organisers. All craft must have valid insurance to complete registration and in addition, power driven craft must have a valid Boat Safety Scheme Certificate at the time of application. Vessel registrations are issued from the Conservancy offices at Baits Bite Lock.

Registration Fees For 2013-2014


with effect from 1st April 2013.

Download Registration Fees for 2013/14 (PDF)
Download conditions of usage notes (PDF)
Changes to your Boat Safety Scheme certificate (PDF)

Registration Fees For 2012-2013


with effect from 1st April 2012.

Download Registration Fees for 2012/13 (PDF)
Download registration notes (PDF)
Punt Operators Code of Practice (PDF)

PRIVATE ANNUAL REGISTRATION

 

Private means individuals and/or University, City, College or School rowing clubs or other corporate owners of boats
used solely by their members.

A. Manually propelled vessels
Category/ tariff class
Description of vessel
Annual fee
£
Canoes/kayaks
   
01 Canoe up to 5 metres 41.00
02 Kayak up to 5 metres 41.00
06 Canoe over 5 metres 80.00
07 Kayak over 5 metres 80.00
Punts    
10 Punt up to 1 metre beam (maximum 6 persons) 97.00
12 Punt over 1 metre but under 1.95 metres beam (maximum 13 persons) or pedalo 243.00
Rowing craft    
03 Rowing dinghy or tender (no engine) 49.00
14 Tub pair 41.00
15 Scull 41.00
16 Double Scull 48.00
17 Pair 48.00
18 Four (including coxed four) 52.00
19 Eight (including coxed eight) 61.00
Miscellaneous    
41 Houseboat 725.00
51 Any other vessel by agreement with the Conservators discretionary
61 Vending punt / boat 1,881.00

Visiting boats: the full annual registration fees apply to all categories of manually propelled vessels unless you are a member of Canoe England (categories 01, 02, 06, 07 in table A, above). Note: the Conservators do not currently recognise membership of British Rowing or the British Stand Up Paddling Association in lieu of a separate registration issued by the Conservators.

B. Sailing / keel boats
Category/ tariff class
Description of vessel
Annual fee
£
Annual visitor
licence fee
(advance
purchase)1
£
Annual visitor
licence fee
(standard
purchase)2
£
Sailing / keel boat        
20 Sail under 3 metres (9 ft 11 in) 39.00 6.00 10.00
21 Sail 3 to 5 metres (9 ft 11 in to 16 ft 5 in) inclusive 64.00 10.00 17.00
22 Sail 5 to 7.5 metres (16 ft 5 in to 24 ft 8 in) inclusive 128.00 19.00 33.00
23 Sail over 7.5 metres (24 ft 8 in) 192.00 29.00 50.00

Sailcraft with auxiliary engines must register as power driven vessels, see table C below.

Visiting sailcraft must have a valid registration for the Cam. An annual visitor licence can be purchased in advance, valid for a period of up to 90 days. Advance purchase (see footnote 1) means that registration must be completed before the boat moves above Bottisham Lock into the Conservancy Area. Visiting sailcraft found navigating on Conservancy waters without a valid annual Cam visitor licence will be issued with a standard purchase licence at a higher rate (see footnote 2).

All figures rounded to the nearest pound.

1 15% of the equivalent annual fee
2 25% of the equivalent annual fee

C. Power driven vessels
Category/ tariff class
Description of vessel
Annual fee
£
Annual visitor
fee (advance
purchase)3
£
Annual visitor
fee (standard
purchase)4
£
With engine up to 4 h.p.      
30 Vessel up to 5 metres (16 ft 4.85 in) 81.00 13.00 21.00
31 Vessel over 5 metres (16 ft 4.85 in) 150.00 23.00 38.00
With engine over 4 h.p.      
32 Vessel under 3 metres (9 ft 10 in) 142.00 21.00 35.00
33 Vessel 3 to 5 metres (9 ft 10 in to 16 ft 4.85 in) inclusive 289.00 44.00 72.00
34 Vessel 5 to 7.5 metres (16 ft 4.85 in to 24 ft 7.27 in) inclusive 354.00 53.00 89.00
35 Vessel 7.5 to 10 metres (24 ft 7.27 in to 32 ft 9.7 in) inclusive 458.00 69.00 115.00
36 Vessel 10 to 12.5 metres (32 ft 9.7 in to 41 ft 0.12 in) inclusive 627.00 94.00 157.00
37 Vessel 12.5 to 15 metres (41 ft 0.12 in to 49 ft 2.55 in) inclusive 807.00 121.00 202.00
38 Vessel 15 to 10 metres (49 ft 2.55 in to 65 ft 7.4 in) inclusive 904.00 135.00 226.00
39 Vessel over 20 metres (65 ft 7 in) 992.00 149.00 248.00

For houseboats (as defined in the byelaws), refer to manually propelled schedule (table A) above.

Visiting powered boats must have a valid registration for the Cam. An annual visitor licence can be purchased in advance, valid for a period of up to 90 days. Advance purchase (see footnote 3) means that registration must be completed before the boat moves above Bottisham Lock into the Conservancy Area. Visiting vessels found navigating on Conservancy waters without a valid annual visitor licence will be issued with a standard purchase licence at a higher rate (see footnote 4).

COMMERCIAL ANNUAL REGISTRATION

 

Commercial means vessels used for hire to the general public and for commercial gain, including University, College and other corporate owners of boats used solely by their members.

D. Manually propelled vessels
Category/ tariff class
Description of vessel
Annual fee, University,
College, corporate
owners for use solely by
their members
£
Annual fee, operators
for hire to the general
public £
Canoes / kayaks / rowing dinghies    
01 Canoe up to 5 metres 92.00 240.00
02 Kayak up to 5 metres 92.00 240.00
06 Canoe over 5 metres 180.00 474.00
07 Kayak over 5 metres 180.00 474.00
03 Rowing dinghy 110.00 290.00
Punts      
10 Hire punt up to 1 metre beam (maximum 6 persons) 218.00 595.00*
12 Hire punt over 1 metre but under 1.95 metres beam (maximum 13
persons) or pedalo
547.00 1,485.00*

For hired sailcraft, contact the Conservancy offices. *Operating from recognised punt stations only.

E. Power driven vessels

Operators based for hire to the general public above Bottisham Lock are required to pay a multiplier on the fees set out in Table C above as:

1.2 x relevant annual fee for day hire craft
1.8 x relevant annual fee for annual / long-term hire

Hire craft visiting the Conservancy Area from neighbouring waterways must purchase a combined annual visitor licence from the Environment Agency.

3 15% of the equivalent annual fee
4 25% of the equivalent annual fee

*Where the size of an engine or its presence at all is not immediately obvious, the category requiring the higher payment for the size of vessel shall be appropriate until such time as the owner provides satisfactory access for a member of the Conservators’ staff to inspect the vessel (or else satisfactory certification) and the appropriate registration category has been confirmed by the Conservators’ Control Officer.

N.B. Craft Recovery - twice the relevant registration fee for boat recovered with a minimum of £50 and subsequent storage charge 25% of the registration fee per week with a minimum of £15.00 or by agreement with the Conservators.  Where a sunken boat is recovered the charge will be “at cost” with a minimum charge of £250.

 


Punts

I want to hire-out my punt for business. What do I need to do?

 

Every hire punt on the river needs to be registered annually. Registration forms are available from Baits Bite office (telephone 01223 863785). In addition to this, every hire punt operator must have Public Liability insurance in place and a declaration of insurance cover must signed upon registration. Each hire punt must also display notices regarding loading limits; these are available from the River Bailiff (telephone 07710 005277). The maximum passenger limit for a self-hire punt of 1 metre beam is 6 persons. The maximum passenger limit for a wide-beam ‘ferry’ punt (greater than 1 metre beam, up to a maximum of 1.95 metres beam) is 12 persons plus one competent punt operator. For further information, refer to the Code of Practice for Commercial Punt Operators (pdf).


Online registration will be available soon....details to follow.

 

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