Marine licensing: fees

Fees information for the different marine licences and associated work.




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Fees are payable for different types of project based on the time it takes the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science to process the application.

An MMO case manager will notify you of the suitable fee band for your application. This can be changed if new information about your project makes a different band more suitable. If your application is moved to a different band, MMO will seek your agreement before doing any further work.

Where an application is to carry out more than 1 licensable activity and they fall in different fee bands, the higher fee band is payable.

For example, an application to dredge material and dispose of it at sea includes a band 3 project (dredging) and a band 2 project (disposal – if fewer than 1 million cubic metres), so the fees applied to the application will be band 3.

From 1 April 2019, the MMO will recover the costs for carrying out marine licence monitoring inspections for all existing licences that expire after 1st April 2020 and all new applications received after 1st April 2019.

Further information

See how to get a licence for a burial at sea.

Contact information

Contact the Marine licensing team

Published 11 June 2014
Last updated 1 April 2023 + show all updates
  1. 27 March 2023 update.

  2. 27 March 2023 update.

  3. 27 March 2023 update.

  4. Small amend

  5. Terms and conditions update

  6. Small amend.

  7. Licence fees amended

  8. Updated page with changes to fees

  9. Amendments made to PDF and HTML attachments in line with .GOV accessibility guidelines

  10. COVID-19 update

  11. Information amended

  12. New Terms and Conditions document attached

  13. Notification added of change to Fees structure - as of 01/04/2019 MMO will charge for Monitoring Inspections in accordance with the fees structure

  14. Travel guide updated

  15. Fees updated

  16. Terms and conditions changed

  17. Text changes made

  18. Disposing of dredged material at sea removed

  19. Text updated

  20. Text updated

  21. Terms and Conditions for carrying out chargeable activities for marine licensing

  22. Terms and Conditions for carrying out chargeable activities for marine licensing PDF updated

  23. Terms and Conditions for carrying out chargeable activities for marine licensing added

  24. Bank details changed

  25. Added information about fees for variations and monitoring which will be charged from 1 October 2014.

  26. First published.