Marine licence application fees (1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023)

Fees for marine licence applications are set on 1 April of each calendar year.


Warning

Please note that the Section 36 application fees will be increasing as of 13 December 2022. We have published information which outline what the new fees will be from that date.

Note on fees

Fees for Marine Licence applications are set on 1st April each year in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Marine Licensing (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (as amended) and are linked to the Consumer Price Index for February of the previous financial year.

Table 1: general licensable activities

This includes all licensable marine activity except those specified in Tables 2 to 4 below. Please note this applies to application fees for marine licences for dredging activity with no associated sea disposal and deposit of moorings.

Cost of the licensed activity Application fee

≤ £2,500

£65

> £2,500 - ≤ £5,000

£192

> £5,000 - ≤ £50,000

£756

> £50,000 - ≤ £2 million

£2,520

> £2 million - ≤ £5 million

£5,040

> £5 million - ≤ £20 million

£15,115

> £20 million - ≤ £50 million

£25,180

> £50 million

£37,765

Table 2: generating stations

Cost of the licensed activity Application fee

≤ £2,500

£65

> £2,500 - ≤ £5,000

£192

> £5,000 - ≤ £50,000

£756

> £50,000 - ≤ £2 million

£3,360

> £2 million - ≤ £5 million

£6,730

> £5 million - ≤ £20 million

£20,140

> £20 million - ≤ £50 million

£33,560

> £50 million

£50,350

Table 3: sea disposal of maintenance dredging

Total Disposal Weight (tonnes)

1 Year Licence

2 Year Licence

3 Year Licence

≤ 10,000

£1,780

£3,090

£4,410

> 10,000 - ≤ 100,000

£3,530

£6,175

£8,820

> 100,000 - ≤ 300,000

£7,055

£12,340

£17,625

>300,000

£11,835

£20,710

£29,585

Table 4: sea disposal of capital dredging

Total Disposal Weight (tonnes)

1 Year Licence

2 Year Licence

3 Year Licence

≤ 10,000

£2,210

£4,410

£6,620

> 10,000 - ≤ 100,000

£4,410

£7,715

£11,025

> 100,000 - ≤ 300,000

£8,820

£15,430

£22,030

> 300,000

£14,800

£25,875

£36,970

> 300,000 related to construction of a renewable energy project: £41,980

Section 36 application fees

Note on fees

On 30 June 2019 a new fee structure for applications under The Electricity Act 1989 came into force. Application fees are in accordance with The Electricity (Applications for Consent and Variation of Consent) (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2019

1. (1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), where an application is made under section 36 of the Electricity Act to construct, extend or operate a generating station, the fee payable in respect of the application is as specified in Table 1.

(2) Where the subject matter of the application is two or more of the matters specified in Table 1, the fee to be paid is the higher or the highest of the relevant fees.

Table 1.1: Section 36 Consents

Construction, or construction and operation, of a generating station which is not EIA development and has a capacity:

(a) not exceeding 10 megawatts

£6,500

(b) exceeding 10 megawatts but not exceeding 50 megawatts

£25,000

(c) exceeding 50 megawatts but not exceeding 100 megawatts

£70,000

(d) exceeding 100 megawatts but not exceeding 300 megawatts

£100,000

(e) exceeding 300 megawatts

£150,000

Table 1.2: Section 36 Consents

Extension, or extension and operation, of a generating station which is not EIA development, resulting in increase in capacity:

(a) not exceeding 10 megawatts

£6,500

(b) exceeding 10 megawatts but not exceeding 50 megawatts

£25,000

(c) exceeding 50 megawatts but not exceeding 100 megawatts

£70,000

(d) exceeding 100 megawatts but not exceeding 300 megawatts

£100,000

(e) exceeding 300 megawatts

 £150,000

Table 1.3: Section 36 Consents

Construction, or construction and operation, of a generating station which is EIA development and has a capacity:

(a) not exceeding 10 megawatts

£7,000

(b) exceeding 10 megawatts but not exceeding 50 megawatts

 £35,000

(c) exceeding 50 megawatts but not exceeding 100 megawatts

£125,000

(d) exceeding 100 megawatts but not exceeding 300 megawatts

£180,000

(e) exceeding 300 megawatts

£280,000

Table 1.4: Section 36 Consents

Extension, or extension and operation, of a generating station which is EIA development, resulting in an increase in capacity:

(a) not exceeding 10 megawatts

£7,000

(b) exceeding 10 megawatts but not exceeding 50 megawatts

 £35,000

(c) exceeding 50 megawatts but not exceeding 100 megawatts

£125,000

(d) exceeding 100 megawatts but to exceeding 300 megawatts

£180,000

(e) exceeding 300 megawatts

£280,000

Table 1.5: Section 36 Consents

Any other extension of a generating station which does not result in an increase in capacity, where the capacity of the generating station does:

(a) not exceed 10 megawatts

 £6,500

(b) exceed 10, megawatts

£25,000

Table 1.6: Section 36 Consents

Operation only or change to manner of operation of a generating station, which does not result in an increase in capacity, where the capacity of the generating station does:

(a) not exceed 10 megawatts

£6,500

(b) exceed 10 megawatts

£25,000

Variation applications

3. (1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), where a variation application is made, the fee payable in respect of the variation application is as specified in Table 3.

(2) Where the subject matter of the variation application is two or more of the matters specified in Table 3, the fee to be paid is the higher or the highest of the relevant fees.

Table 3.1: Variation application 

A variation application which is not for EIA development and which, if granted, would increase the capacity of the generating station such that the increased capacity would:

(a) not exceed 10 megawatts

£4,875

(b) exceed 10 megawatts but not exceed 50 megawatts

 £18,750

(c) exceed 50 megawatts but not exceed 100 megawatts

 £52,500

(d) exceed 100 megawatts but not exceed 300 megawatts

 £75,000

(e) exceed 300 megawatts

£112,500

Table 3.2: Variation application

A variation application which is for EIA development and which, if granted, would increase the capacity of the generating station such that the increased capacity would:

(a) not exceed 10 megawatts

£5,250

(b) exceed 10 megawatts but not exceed 50 megawatts

 £26,250

(c) exceed 50 megawatts but not exceed 100 megawatts

 £93,750

(d) exceed 100 megawatts but not exceed 300 megawatts

£135,000

(e) exceed 300 megawatts

£210,000

Table 3.3 Variation application

A variation application which, if granted, would not increase the capacity of the generating station, where the generating station has a capacity:

(a) not exceeding 10 megawatts

 £4,875

(b) exceeding 10 megawatts

£18,750

Declaration of safety zone fees

Note on fees

Application fees are in accordance with The Electricity (Offshore Generating Stations) (Safety Zones) (Application Procedures and Control of Access) Regulations 2007.

The application fee for the declaration of a safety zone is £2000.

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