Marine licensing and consenting: making a representation on an application

Advice on how to make a representation on an application for a marine license.

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In most cases, details of applications for marine licences are made available on Marine Scotland information and a notice of an application is published in at least one paper local to the site of the activity. The notice should state:

  • that the application has been made, what it is for, together with a description of the location 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

There is a requirement for additional public notices to be placed for projects which require Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The requirements are set out in the EIA regulations.

The licensing authority must have regard to any representations which it receives from any person having an interest in the outcome of the marine licence application.

Any representation should identify the proposal and specify the grounds for representation.

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

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


Any representations regarding an application should be made to the following address:

Email: (for renewable energy related applications)

Email: (for all other applications)

Tel: +44 (0)300 244 5046

Marine Scotland - Licensing Operations Team
375 Victoria Road
AB11 9DB

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