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Marine licensing: applications and guidance

Published: 4 Sep 2020
Last updated: 19 Aug 2021 - see all updates

Licensable marine activities.

4 Sep 2020
Marine licensing: applications and guidance

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 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. There 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 application. Any representations regarding an application should be made to the Scottish Government at the following address:


Tel: +44 (0)300 244 5046

Marine Scotland
Licensing Operations Team
375 Victoria Road
AB11 9DB

Please note: Any representation to the Scottish Government 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 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’s Marine Scotland - Licensing Operations Team (MS-LOT) determine applications for marine licences under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, and section 36 consents under the Electricity Act 1989 (as amended). During the consultation process any person having an interest in the outcome of the application may make representation to MS-LOT. The representation may contain personal information, for example a name or address. This representation will only be used for the purpose of determining an application and will be stored securely in the Scottish Government’s official corporate record. Representations will be shared with the applicant and/or agent acting on behalf of the applicant, any people or organisations that we consult in relation to the application, the Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals should the Scottish Ministers call a Public Local Inquiry and, where necessary, be published online, however personal information will be removed before sharing or publishing.

If you have any queries or concerns about how your personal information will be handled, contact MS-LOT using the contact details above.


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First published: 4 Sep 2020 Last updated: 19 Aug 2021 -