The Scottish Government, NatureScot and Crown Estate Scotland are responsible for the safe, healthy and prosperous management of our seas and coasts. They have a number of teams whose work directly relates to marine restoration and enhancement and/or deal with consents and licences. Considerable advice is available from these teams so take time to get in touch and create relationships with key people.
The following is a short summary of the regulations – it can sound imposing, but don’t let that put you off, there are people to help guide you through this but it is much better to plan your project with a good understanding of what is currently needed in terms of licences and consents.
Notes on permissions:
It is a licensable marine activity under Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 to deposit any substance or object within the Scottish marine area, either in the sea or on or under the seabed, from any of the following—
(a) a vehicle, vessel, aircraft or marine structure,
(b) a container floating in the sea, or
(c) a structure on land constructed or adapted wholly or mainly for the purpose of depositing solids in the sea.
However, the placement of certain equipment for purposes of propagation or cultivation of shellfish may be exempt from the requirement of a marine licence under article 12 of The Marine Licensing (Exempted Activities) (Scottish Inshore Region) Order 2011.
Read the regulations fully before getting in touch with the relevant departments to get initial advice prior to application.
More information can be found on the Marine Scotland Licensing pages.
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