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 DEFRA Announces Fee Rises For Marine Licensing 03/08/2006
The fees for marine industry environmental licences have increased from 24 July 2006. The decision to implement the fee rises for disposal licensing will allow Defra to fully recover it's costs. It follows a 12 week consultation.

The consultation considered each licence component in detail, examining how fees are built to recover full cost to the regulator.

There will be:
  • An overall average 22% increase in disposal licence fees
  • No increase to the second and third year instalments of long term disposal licence fees
  • No increase to the construction licence fees for this financial year
  • A 3% increase in fees for oil spill treatment products
  • A pilot investigation into the possibility of chemical analyses of dredging samples to be carried out by accredited laboratories other than just the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science laboratories
  • A desk study investigating how port dredging and disposal management programmes can be implemented for a number of years under a core licence
  • "Quick wins" for service improvement, to ensure an improved service delivery system is in place.
BMF responded to the consultation in April highlighting a concern about the level of increases for marina businesses (32%) and are currently seeking clarification on the schedule of proposed licence fees. For more information contact Sally Banham on 01784 223729 or visit www.britishmarine.co.uk/government
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