Offshore wind, wave and tidal energy applications: consenting and licensing manual

This document provides guidance on applying for consents and marine licences for offshore renewable energy projects within both Scottish Territorial Waters (out to 12 nautical miles (“nm”)) and Scottish Offshore Waters (12-200 nm). It updates and replaces the draft Marine Scotland Licensing and Consents Manual published in 2013.

Annex A - Consultees

Statutory Consultees

The Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

  • The planning authority/ies
  • Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) - appropriate area office
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • Where a development in Scotland is likely to have significant effects in a European Economic Area( EEA) state Scottish Ministers must contact that EEA state to ask whether they wish to be consulted on the application

The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

  • Any relevant local planning authority (as defined in the Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017)
  • Scottish Natural Heritage[4]
  • The Scottish Environment Protection Agency ("SEPA") – Refer to SEPA's standing advice on marine licence consultations
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • Any relevant authority (as defined in the Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017)

Marine Licensing (Consultees) (Scotland) Order 2011

  • the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses;
  • the Maritime and Coastguard Agency;
  • the Scottish Environment Protection Agency; and
  • Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • any delegate for a region (e.g. Marine Planning Partnerships)

Non Statutory Consultees (Marine Scotland will confirm which consultees to consult at the scoping and application stage)

  • Fisheries Management Scotland
  • BT (Radio Network Protection Team)
  • UK Chamber of shipping
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • The Crown Estate Scotland
  • Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Ministry of Defence)
  • Health and Safety Executive (see responses detailed in scoping opinion)
  • Inshore Fishery Group (use appropriate regional group)
  • Joint Radio Company (only for wind farms)
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency (statutory for Marine Scotland Act)
  • Marine Safety Forum
  • Marine Scotland Compliance (local fisheries offices)
  • National Air Traffic Services (only for wind farms) + Aberdeen airport where applicable
  • Northern Lighthouse Board (Statutory for Marine Scotland Act)
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Royal Yachting Association Scotland
  • Scottish Canoe Association
  • Scottish Creel Fishermen's Federation
  • Scottish Fishermen's Federation
  • Scottish Fishermen's Organisation
  • Scottish Government Planning (Scoping only)
  • Scottish Surfing Federation
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Sports Scotland
  • Surfers Against Sewage
  • Transport Scotland
  • Transport Scotland Ports and Harbours
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation
  • Visit Scotland
  • Any other local stakeholder organisations potentially impacted by the development


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