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Marine Licence Consultation

Information about how we consult on marine licence applications

Public consultation

In most cases applicants are required to place a public notice of their proposals in a local newspaper. This notification will direct interested members of the public to a public building where the applicant must arrange for copies of the application and supporting documents to be available. The notice will also provide the public with contact details so that they can make any representations concerning the application to the Marine Licensing Team.

The Marine Licensing Team will provide the applicant with the text that must be used in the notice after an application is received.

Direct consultation

When an application for a marine licence is made, we consult with a range of organisations to seek advice on the impacts of the project and any mitigation measures or conditions that should be included within a licence to minimise potential impacts.

Consultees vary depending on the type of application, but may include:


  • Internal Natural Resources Wales departments
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). Cefas are the Welsh Assembly Government’s technical advisor on applications and associated issues
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Navigational / other

  • Trinity House
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Royal Yachting Association
  • Ministry of Defence
  • The Local Harbour Authority
  • Department for Transport
  • The Crown Estate / Swangrove Estate. The Crown Estate / Swangrove Estate are the owners of the foreshore / seabed in the majority of cases
  • The Local Planning Authority


  • Local Archaeological Trusts

Welsh Government consultees

  • Marine Enforcement Officers
  • Marine Branch
  • Transport Policy, Planning and Partnerships
  • Flood and Coastal Risk Management Branch

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