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Marine Licensing in Scotland

Fife coastlineCertain activities require a marine licence before they can be carried out in Scotland’s seas. Licensable activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • the deposit of substances or objects into the sea or onto the sea bed
  • the removal of substances or objects from the sea bed
  • construction, alteration and improvement works
  • dredging
  • the deposit or use of explosives

Marine licences are issued by the Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team (MS LOT). MS LOT provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all marine licence applications in Scottish waters.



Aquaculture Bill

Links to all the guidance you will need when applying for a marine licence

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Application forms for applying for a marine licence.


Grants Awarded

Find out more about the fees and charges associated with licensing


Current Projects


Details and supporting information about all the projects currently being considered

Licensing Information


Access to licensing information (marine licence applications and decisions)

Assessment Tool

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Identify potential effects associated with wave and tidal energy developments