The consultation by Defra on marine licensing exemptions has now gone live.
The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on proposed changes to marine licensing exemptions in the marine areas where the Secretary of State is the appropriate licensing authority, as administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).
Exemptions allow the MMO to be proportionate in its regulation of the marine environment. They make the marine licensing process more efficient and cost effective in specific cases which the Secretary of State considers to be appropriate.
Subject to the outcome of this consultation and final decisions by Ministers, the current planning assumption is for any agreed changes to come into effect from 6 April 2019.
The consultaton will be open for responses for a period of six weeks.
The consultation period will end at midnight on 14 December 2018.
For more information and to respond to the consultation click here