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Supporting or Objecting to Applications

In most cases, notice of an application for a marine licence must be published in at least one paper local to the site of the activity. The advert should state:

  • that the application has been made, what it is for, together with a description of the land to which it relates
  • where a copy of the application, and maps of areas it refers to, can be inspected by members of the public
  • the date by which representations should be made as well as the address where these should be sent

In the case of renewable energy developments, the application should also be advertised in the Edinburgh Gazette.

The licensing authority must have regard to any representations which it receives from any person having an interest in the outcome of the application. Any representations regarding an application should be made to the Scottish Government at the following address:




+44 (0)300 244 5046


Marine Scotland
Licensing Operations Team
375 Victoria Road
AB11 9DB

Any representation to the Scottish Government should identify the proposal and specify the grounds for representation. Representations should be dated and should clearly state the name (in block capitals) and full return email or postal address of those making the representation.

Please note:

If supplementary environmental information regarding an application is received from the applicant, all previous representations received in relation to this development remain valid.

We are unable to receive representations in advance of an application being submitted.

How we use your information

The Scottish Government processes applications under the Marine Scotland Act 2010 and Marine Coastal Access Act 2009. During the consultation process representation can be sent to Scottish Ministers in support of or objecting to a marine licence application.

Following a consultation, Marine Scotland will make your representation publicly available. However (unless you state otherwise) personal information, such as name, address (home and email) and signature will be redacted (blacked out).

Personal information can also include comments regarding other individuals and information that might identify either the correspondent or any other person.

You can choose to mark your representation as confidential. Confidential representations will only be considered by Scottish Ministers and will not be shared with any Planning Authority, the developer, the Reporter (should a Public Local Inquiry be called) or other third party.

If you have any queries or concerns about how your personal data will be handled, please contact us at the address above.