The exact application process can differ depending on many things, including the Code of Practice, the nature of your boat’s operations and the manner in which your Coding Surveyor operates.

A typical application process would be:

Step 1 – Nominate your Coding Surveyor

If you already use a YDSA Certifying Authority approved Coding Surveyor, let them know about your new vessel. Otherwise look at our Find a Coding Surveyor and search for one by name, location, experience or material.

You will need to contact your Nominated Coding Surveyor to arrange for them to perform a Compliance Examination. They will let you know what preparations you should make for them to carry this out.

Step 2 – Complete an SCV1 Application Form

You will find the SCV1 Application Form in the Downloads section below. By completing the SCV1, you are giving us the basic information about your vessel along with your contact details. You are also telling us who your Nominated Coding Surveyor is.

Return your SCV1 form to us by:

  • Either using an electronic signature and email back to us;
  • Or print, sign and post to the address on the form.

When we receive your SCV1 we check that your Nominated Coding Surveyor meets the requirements for the inspection. This includes checking they have the appropriate experience with the material of the vessel and the intended area of operation category.

Step 3 – Pay the Relevant Application Fee

The application fee can vary from vessel to vessel so we have made our fee structure as easy to follow as possible. The Fees section below details all of the options and fees that may be applicable.

These are the YDSA Certifying Authority fees that are separate from any fees the Coding Surveyor may charge for carrying out the survey. An annual declaration and fee is required but not all vessels require an annual inspection. All vessels require a Mid-Term Inspection between years 3 and 4 to ensure the boat remains compliant.

We accept the following methods of payment:

  • Debit/Credit Card (see Payment Forms section below)
  • PayPal (see Payment Forms section below)
  • Bank Transfer
  • Cheque

We do not accept payment over the phone.

Step 4 – The Compliance Examination

The Nominated Coding Surveyor will visit the vessel and complete an SCV2 form, which you will need to countersign. There may be multiple parts to the SCV2 form to sign depending on the Code of Practice and the nature of your boat’s operations.

It is quite normal for a list of items to be produced that will need addressing. Some of these will need to be completed before the Nominated Coding Surveyor will sign off the SCV2, while others may be completed after the initial certificate has been issued, called B Items.

All these need to be discussed with your Nominated Coding Surveyor and be rectified to both the surveyor’s and the YDSA Certifying Authority’s satisfaction and may require follow-up inspections.

Step 5 – Stability Information

The Codes of Practice require all coded vessels to comply with certain stability criteria. These criteria and standards will depend on the vessel design, the specific Code of Practice, and the nature of your boat’s operations.

Please see the Stability page for more details.

Step 6 – Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) Inspection

The MLC came into force internationally on the 20th August 2013, introducing new international standards to ensure that seafarers have decent living and working conditions on commercially operated vessels, including all vessels certificated under the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Codes of Practice.

The MLC applies to all commercial vessels operating internationally and some vessels operating domestically.

Please see the MLC page to see if you require an MLC inspection and for more details.

Step 7 – Checking by YDSA Certifying Authority

All the paperwork is sent in to the YDSA Certifying Authority for checking by one of our Duty Surveyors. Any queries arising will need to be addressed, usually by your Nominated Coding Surveyor in the first instance.

When the documentation is completed and the relevant fees have been paid to the Nominated Coding Surveyor and the YDSA Certifying Authority, the first year’s certificate will be issued.

Details of you, your vessel and the certificate issued are then sent to the MCA or relevant overseas registry/agency.

What Happens Next

This five year cycle is subject to annual renewals and will require additional surveys to be performed by your Nominated Coding Surveyor, the frequency of which depends on the Code of Practice and the nature of your boat’s operations.

We will contact you or your managing agent before your annual renewal is due, so you have time to arrange an inspection. If your Nominated Coding Surveyor is due to inspect your vessel, they will also be notified. This will include an Annual Declaration for you (or you and your Nominated Coding surveyor) to sign and details of the Annual Renewal Fee.

Application fee for the issue of a compliance certificate (1st year)
(Fees in this table are VAT Exempt)
Price (£ GBP)
Vessels under 15m LOA and not in the below criteria
140.00
Vessels between 15m and 19m in length
265.00
Vessels under 19m in length operating in Categories 0 and 1
265.00
Vessels under 19m in length carrying 16 or more persons, over 1000 Kg cargo, or engaged in lifting, towing or Pilot Boat operations
265.00
All vessels 19m in length and over
380.00
Annual Renewal fee for the issue of a compliance certificate (years 2 to 5)
(Fees in this table are VAT Exempt)
Price (£ GBP)
Annual renewal fee for vessels <15m not requiring annual examination by the Certifying Authority
85.00
Annual renewal fee for vessels between 15m and 19m in length not requiring annual examination by the Certifying Authority
170.00
Vessels under 19m in length requiring an annual examination by the Certifying Authority
170.00
All vessels 19m in length and over
190.00
MLC Compliance Fees
(Fees in this table are VAT Exempt)
Price (£ GBP)
MLC (Maritime Labour Convention 2006) Compliance
95.00
Vessel Stability Fees
(VAT should be added to fees in this table unless otherwise stated)
Price (£ GBP)
Issue of Stability Category (vessels not requiring stability books) (this fee is VAT Exempt)
75.00
Intact Stability (checking of stability books)
from 515.00
Damaged Stability (checking of stability books)
from 515.00
Sailing Multihulls (checking of stability books)
from 465.00
Additional Fees
(VAT should be added to fees in this table)
Price (£ GBP)
YDSA Administration fee (e.g. issue of duplicate certificates, 3 month extension)
from 55.00
Retrieval of files from archive (typically vessels that have not been coded for 2+ years)
from 25.00

Compliance Examination - Surveyor's Fees

The fees for the Compliance Examination are negotiated with and paid directly to the Coding Surveyor. The quoted fee will be on the basis that the vessel is presented for examination already compliant with the Code requirements. An additional charge may be made for a return visit or providing assistance with stability information.

New Applications for 5 Year Examinations

For vessels new to us use this link for payments (remember to send us your completed SCV1):

Annual Renewals

For vessels due for their annual renewal (you may need your invoice/request for payment):

5 Year Cycle Renewals

For vessels due their 5 year renewal use this link for payments (remember to send us your completed SCV1):

Administration Fees

For various administration fees including retrieval and extension fees:

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