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Scottish Government Audit and Review Process


Prior to 01 April 2007, all marine fish and shellfish farms were consented by the Crown Estate (through a non-statutory scheme of development consent) or, in Shetland and Orkney, through a system of works licences issued by the local authority.

On 01 April 2007, the Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007 came into force. This gave planning authorities full planning responsibility for all aquaculture developments in marine waters.

For operators of sites which were established prior to 2007 (and do not already have planning permission) an application can be made through the Scottish Government Audit and Review process.

How to apply

Operators can apply for planning permission if their sites were:

  • established prior to 01 April 2007, and
  • not already granted or refused planning permission

To check eligibility, please contact the Marine Scotland Aquaculture Planning Team on 0131 244 7007 or email fishfarmreview@gov.scot.

Public consultation

Public consultation is required where an operator is asked to produce an Environmental Statement in support of an Audit and Review application.

Applications with Environmental Statements

Farms granted planning permission

Copies of planning documents issued to fish farms through the Audit and Review process. Documents are listed by farm type and region.