Marine licensing—Wales
Produced in partnership with Nicola Canty, Barrister of 9 Hazel Tree Chambers
Marine licensing—Wales

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

  • Marine licensing—Wales
  • Brexit impact
  • The Welsh Zone
  • The Wales Act 2017
  • Regulator
  • Applications
  • Exemptions
  • Register
  • Appealing marine licensing decisions
  • Appealing notices
  • more

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

The Welsh Zone

The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA 2009) amended the Government of Wales Act 2006 (GoWA 2006) to create the ‘Welsh Zone’, defined as the sea adjacent to Wales which is within British fishery limits measured from baselines in Wales (defined by section 1 of the Fisheries Limits Act 1976) and specified in an Order in Council under GoWA 2006, s 58 or an order of the Secretary of State under GoWA 2006, s 158(3).

The boundaries of the Welsh Zone are specified in the Welsh Zone (Boundaries and Transfer of Functions) Order 2010, SI 2010/760, reg 3.

The Wales Act 2017

The Wales Act 2017 (WA 2017) came into force on 31 January 2017. It maintains the single legal jurisdiction of England and Wales while providing for a new Welsh devolution settlement that moves from a conferred powers model of devolution to a reserved powers model. It also