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Marine Scotland - Licensing Operations Team (MS-LOT) is the regulator responsible for determining marine licence applications on behalf of the Scottish Ministers in the Scottish inshore region (between 0 and 12 nautical miles (nm)) under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, and in the Scottish offshore region (between 12 and 200 nm) under theMarine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
Marine licences are required for 'licensable marine activities'below mean high water spring tide level and in the waters of estuaries, rivers or channels, so far as the tide flows at mean high water spring tide.
Examples of ‘licensable marine activities’ include:
construction of offshore renewable generating stations
construction in/over the sea, or on/under the seabed (e.g. breakwaters, piers, land reclamation, submarine cables, outfalls, slipways, bridges, jetties, seaweed farms etc.)
deposits in the sea or on/under the seabed (e.g. the deposit of dredged material at sea)
finfish and shellfish farms - potential hazards to navigation only
removal of substances and objects from the seabed
deposit and use of explosives
It is not permitted to carry out a licensable marine activity except in accordance with a marine licence granted by MS-LOT.