The PLA’s Licensing team are responsible for ensuring that all developments (works) in the river; dredging and; inland waterways vessels operating commercially on the tidal Thames are appropriately licensed in accordance with the relevant sections of the PLA Act. They are also responsible for answering and consenting a range of non-statutory enquires and functions.
There are 7 main categories of licence detailed below. If you are in any doubt as to what type of licence you need, please contact the Licensing team.
This licence is required when new works are proposed (for example a new pier) or where it is proposed to vary existing works (for example to increase the number of piles or to vary the use of the works)
Where existing works in the river are sold for example, in conjunction with the sale of a riverside property, the new owner must apply for a River Works Licence to retain the works.
Other Enquiries and Activities
The Licensing team also deal with other enquiries and activities that take place on the River Thames and the foreshore. If you have any questions regarding these requests and activities, please contact the Licensing team.