In July 2017, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) replaced their fast track marine licensing with a self-service marine licensing system. This service is also available through the MMO MCMS system.
Self-service activities, laid out in the self-service activities table, of relevance to recreational boating include:
Self-service licences cost a flat fee of £50, paid in advance. Changes or variations are not permitted once the licence is issued.
General criteria for a self-service licence include:
The MMO GIS tool provides spatial information on many designations to aid your application.
Once the licence has been granted, the MMO needs to be notified no less than 24 hours before the licensed activity begins, using the returns function in the MCMS.
This tool guides you through a series of questions to determine if your proposed activity requires a marine licence, and whether it is suitable for the self-service licensing process. The tool asks questions to ascertain whether the activity is proposed to take place in an area under MMO marine jurisdiction and the type of activity to be carried out. Potential self-service activities will be tested against further questions, and indication given if you require a method statement. Activities unsuitable for self-service licensing will be directed to the standard marine licensing process.
The MMO GIS tool for marine licensing can be used to determine if your activity falls within the MMO marine licensing areas, the size of your proposed site, or distances between locations in the same application. It includes layers of:
For certain self-service licences, method statements, agreed with the relevant body, are required before the licence can be granted. Templates to prepare draft method statements are available on the MMO website, with details as to where to send them. These can then be uploaded when you submit your application. Method statement requirements are laid out on the MMO website, and in their method statement requirements table.
Heritage designation applies to protected wrecks under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, scheduled monuments designated under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and listed buildings designate under The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation) Act 1990.
A method statement is required in agreement with Historic England for:
A draft method statement, and relevant contact details are available on the MMO website.
Activities in, or within 200m of, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs; including MCZs, SACs, SPAs, Ramsar and SSSIs) may be suitable for self-service licensing, if an agreed method statement with Natural England is included. This includes activities involving vehicular access across MPA intertidal coastal habitats. A draft method statement, and relevant contact details are available on the MMO website.
Some selected activities, including the following that may be relevant to recreational boating, do not require a method statement, as adequate mitigation is expected through self-service activity criteria and conditions applied to the licence:
Activities proposed to be carried out in areas used for military or defence purposes may be suitable for self-service if carried out by, or on behalf of, the MoD, or the MoD has been consulted and permission granted to carry out the activity. Areas under MoD jurisdiction are available in the MMO GIS tool, and details of who to contact at the MoD are available on the MMO website.
A method statement, agreed with either the local harbour authority or the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Trinity House, is required for any scaffold which may impede safe or normal navigation through the reduction of head clearance or navigational channel width. A draft method statement, and relevant contact details are available on the MMO website.
Lighting and marking configuration for any markers must have been agreed in advance with the local harbour authority, or if such body doesn’t exist, Trinity House. A draft method statement, and relevant contact details are available on the MMO website.
In addition to a marine licence, further consents may also be required, such as:
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