The government has published its response to a consultation on plans to change the Marine Management Organisation’s (MMO’s) charging structure for its marine licensing work. The response sets out that from 6 April 2014 the MMO’s ability to recover its costs from marine licence applications will be extended.
The new fees allow the MMO to recover 96% of costs and subsidise the remaining 4% to limit increases in fees for smaller projects. There is a new hourly rate of £94 for all projects, but there will be upper limits for fast tracked or routine projects.
The MMO is writing to tier 3 applicants – applications for bespoke projects where the time needed to deal with applications may vary – whose cases will be ongoing on 6 April to advise them of the changes to fees. These applicants will see an increase from £80 an hour to the new £94 rate.