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All the licensing information and downloads you need.

All craft using the Bridgewater Canal must have a Bridgewater Canal Licence. Before we can send you an application form, you must have a confirmed Bridgewater Canal mooring. Application forms and fees are available on request from the Bridgewater Canal Company Limited.

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We will require your name and address, boat name, boat number or index number, length of craft , your confirmed Bridgewater mooring location and the date the craft arrived on the Canal.

Licence Conditions For The Bridgewater Canal

Mooring Conditions

Residential Mooring Conditions

End of Garden Mooring Conditions

Platinum User Licence Conditions

Information for Canal & River Trust Licence Holders visiting the Bridgewater Canal

All C&RT craft are subject to the terms and conditions of the Bridgewater Canal whilst they remain on our waterway.

Further to the reciprocal agreement between Bridgewater Canal and Canal and River Trust there is now a booking system which should be booked through the CRT website via your log in (or signing up if you do not have a log in) which can be found here. 

Alternatively you may contact CRT here or Call 0303 040 4040 Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm

Calls to this number cost no more than calls to geographic (01 and 02) numbers and are included in inclusive minutes and discount schemes in the same way. See OFCOM for more details.

If you are wishing to extend your stay beyond this, then please purchase a permit via the Bridgewater Canal Website. Permits may be purchased on the day if necessary.



Here is a list of moorings by area as approved by The Bridgewater Canal Company Ltd (TBCC)



All the licensing information and downloads you need.



Here you will find announcements, notices, operating times & stoppages.


Pay Online

Pay your licence or mooring fees online


Licence Checker

Boat licence check.


Boat Trips & Boat Hire

Hire a boat to travel along the Canal for a day or a short term break


Download Forms

From Direct Debit forms to Change of Ownership


Boating Services

From water and gas to chandlery and boat maintenance


Terms & Conditions

Guidelines for all users of the canal from boat owners and fishermen to walkers and cyclists.


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