Last Updated: 8 November 2021

We own the lake bed of Windermere and as such any structure (boathouse, piers, wet dock, slipway etc.) which is constructed, replaced or repaired and are fixed or create a footprint on the lake bed are required to apply for approval.

You should include the appropriate application form:

Application form for an encroachment on the bed of Windermere lake (DOC 59KB / 3 pages)

Application form for permission to dredge on the bed of Windermere lake (DOC 40KB / 3 pages)

Accompanied by the following documents and payment:  

  • Lake District National Park Authority approval
  • Environment Agency works ‘within a water course’ approval
  • location plan
  • current build plan including all measurements (Encroachments applications only)
  • proposed build plan including all measurements (Encroachment applications only
  • plan of proposed dredged area including square meterage and to what depth (Dredging applications only)
  • method statement
  • HSE risk assessment

Your application will need to be submitted to the Lake Wardens Office at Ferry Nab. Applications are then heard by the Lake Administration Committee however no work can be commenced until their permission is granted.