Marine licensing—public register
Produced in partnership with Nicola Canty of 9 Hazel Tree Chambers
Marine licensing—public register

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Nicola Canty of 9 Hazel Tree Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Marine licensing—public register
  • Licensing authority
  • Legislative Context
  • Common information to be included
  • Additional particulars
  • Public register

Licensing authority

The Secretary of State is the appropriate licensing authority under Part 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA 2009) in relation to English inshore waters and specified licensable activities in the UK marine licensing area. See Overview: Marine licensing. Most of the Secretary of State’s marine licensing functions were delegated to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) under the Marine Licensing (Delegation of Functions) Order 2011.

The licensing authority is legally obliged to keep a public register of marine licensing information on marine licence applications, granted licences and compliance and enforcement action. The public register is maintained in accordance with Data Protection Act requirements.

The most recent information is made publicly available, including marine minerals extraction and renewable energy documents, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) documents such as screening and scoping opinions and EIA consent decisions, and any wildlife licences that have been issued by the MMO.

Legislative Context

MCAA 2009, s 101 created a duty for each licensing authority to maintain a register of licensing information in relation to the licensable marine activities identified in MCAA 2009, s 66 for which it is the appropriate licensing authority. The register must be maintained in accordance with regulations made by the appropriate licensing authority.

The Marine Licensing (Register of Licensing Information) Regulations 2011, SI 2011/424 prescribes the particulars of the matters required by MCAA 2009, s 101

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