How to apply for a Marine Licence
Some marine activities require a licence under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
To apply for a licence please complete the relevant form from the bottom of this page and send to us, together with any supporting information and the relevant fee.
Which application form should I use?
There are 5 types of marine licence application;
Band 1 Application form – for specific activities considered low risk that are subject to a simpler licensing process. Please read the Band 1 guidance document before submitting a Band 1 application.
Marine Works Application form – Marine Works include, but are not limited to coast defences, beneficial uses of dredged materials, subsea cables, pontoons, jetties, ground investigations, land reclamation, and outfall pipes.
Dredge and Disposal Application Form – for dredge and/or disposal operations.
Marine Minerals Application Form – for the extraction of marine minerals.
Marine Energy Works – works including construction of offshore wind-farms, sub-tidal power and other energy generation schemes including barrages, onshore/underground and sub-sea cables, sub stations, scour protection.
What should be submitted as supporting information?
All Marine Licence applications will be assessed so that we can understand the likely impacts of the proposed activities, therefore you should provide us with relevant information to allow us to do this.
The completed application form must be accompanied by a location plan and, where appropriate, descriptive drawing(s) and any supporting environmental assessments.
All applications (apart from Band 1 low risk activity applications) must be accompanied by a WFD assessment.
Dredge and/or disposal application must be accompanied with a Water Framework Directive (WFD) assessment, sediment sampling and analysis results, and a biosecurity risk assessment. A template biosecurity risk assessment can be downloaded below.
Certain types of project with the potential to significantly affect the environment may need Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consent. If the works fall under the Marine Works (EIA) Regulations and a formal Environmental Impact Assessment is required you will be expected to submit an Environmental Statement with your application.
How do I submit a marine licence application?
Applications can be sent by post to the address below;
Permit Receipt Centre
Natural Resources Wales
29 Newport Road
Applications can be sent electronically to;
How many copies are required?
If the application form and all supporting documents can be sent electronically in an email that is 10MB or smaller, we will accept the application by email. We will, however, require one hard copy of all application documents for our own review and record.
If the application form and all supporting documents are too big to email, we would advise you to contact us in order to determine the most appropriate method for submitting the application. We may need additional copies of the marine licence application and supporting documents for consultation purposes. These can be either hard copies or CD copies. We would advise you to contact us prior to submitting a large number of hard copies in order to decide the most appropriate method.
Applications must be accompanied by the relevant fee. Please see our fees and charges page for information on our charges.
We will not begin processing an application until the correct fee has been paid.