We manage around half of Scotland’s foreshore and almost all its seabed – and we give permission for a range of activities and developments in those areas.
Beyond uses such as offshore energy, laying cables or pipelines and aquaculture, we issue leases, licences and consents for:
Ports and harbour development
Laying of moorings
Dredging and dumping of material from, and onto, the seabed
Coastal protection and flood defence works
Laying of outfall and intake pipes
Deployment of research equipment e.g. wave buoys, acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCPs), passive acoustic monitoring equipment
Seabed investigation work such as grab samples or boreholes to inform research or development activities
Filming on foreshore
Licences, fees and consents
For details of the licenses, other consents and fees involved in obtaining these permissions from us, please consult the sections below.
If you’d like to apply for a licence related to one of the activities above, please select the relevant form from our download list, complete it and email it our managing agents at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They will check your area of interest against our records to verify if and how your proposed activity is likely to affect Crown foreshore and seabed. They will also assess any potential impacts on our existing tenants.
- If your interest is in marine activity in the Orkney Marine Region, please contact our Pilot Programme Officer at email@example.com. You can learn more about Crown Estate Scotland’s Local Management Pilot Programme here or at www.orkney.gov.uk/seabed.
A fee is charged for all activities to cover the cost of processing the application.
In many cases, the fee will include a charge for the use of the seabed which reflects market value.
The precise form of agreement and the fees applied will be dependent on the proposed activity. Our managing agents will discuss this with you.
As well as an agreement with Crown Estate Scotland, you are likely to also require consent from statutory authorities/regulators e.g. Marine Scotland, local authorities and/or a harbour authority.
It is your responsibility to obtain these consents and securing a Crown Estate Scotland agreement is conditional on all other required consents being in place.