Applying for Harbour Works consents

Works within the river require the permission of the Harbour Authority

The Harbour Authority considers the impact of the proposal on navigational safety and on certain elements of the environment.

It is important to note that other permissions will also likely be required from other authorities e.g. the Marine Management Organisation, Local Planning Authority, the Environment Agency, The Crown Estate or others.

Full works consent

Examples include applications for new structures, extensions to existing structures and capital dredging. The consent is determined by the Board and can take around 3 or 4 months to obtain.

Minor or maintenance works consent

Examples include like-for-like replacement of piles, minor repairs to a structure, maintenance dredging, and installation of a single private pontoon on a midstream mooring.

Minor/maintenance proposals do not need to go through the full application process but instead can be decided by the Harbour Master under his delegated powers. A decision can be made in one to six weeks, and costs less than a full harbour works consent. Discuss your proposal with the Harbour Master or Environment and Development Manager for advice on whether it falls into this category.

Dredging and development fees

Dredging fees

Type of dredge Cost of dredge (all fees plus VAT)
Routine maintenance dredging £155.80
Capital dredging - up to and including 500m3 £89.50
Capital dredging - over 500m3 to 2,500m3  £178.50
Capital dredging - over 2,500m3 to 10,000m3  £893
Capital dredging - over 10,000m3  £1,373

Development fees

Size of development Cost of development (all fees plus VAT)
Up to and including 100m2 £406
Over 100m2 to 500m2 £458
Over 500m2 to 2,500m2 £614
Over 2,500m2 to 10,000m2 £1,134
Over 10,000m2 £1,654.50

A reduced fee for applications that fall within the Harbour Master's delegated powers e.g. maintenance work to structures, single private pontoons – £155.80 (plus VAT).

Pre-application consultation fee. Attendance at the Consents Advice Panel meeting and one hour of pre-application consultation will be at no charge - £50 per hour (plus VAT) thereafter.

An additional charge of £51 (plus VAT) is made for each Notice to River Users required in connection with each project.

Private pontoon consent

Installation or replacement of a new private pontoon on a mid-stream mooring needs harbour authority permission, but does not need to go through the full Harbour Works Consent application process. It can instead be decided by the Harbour Master under his delegated powers.

For those wishing to install or replace such a pontoon please download guidance pack prior to completing an application form:

Private pontoon consents guidance

Single mid-stream pontoon application form

Before you apply

Talk to the Harbour Master or the Harbour Authority.

The River Hamble Harbour Authority only determines plans ‘as submitted’ so we advise you discuss your proposals in advance of making an application. You are welcome to attend a Consents Advice Panel Meeting.

How you apply

Submit the following information before the deadline in case minor changes are needed:

  • the harbour works consent application form and appropriate fee (see above for the mid-stream pontoon application form)
  • plans (eg location plan, ‘existing’ and ‘proposed’ design as plan view and elevation). Supply these electronically as pdf files. For full HWC applications we also require 1 set of hardcopies at original scale. Plans must also show surrounding structures and neighbouring moorings and marinas
  • project description. This should include location (postcode or grid reference), the nature of the project, details of area affected, volumes of any dredge, dimensions of structures, and any changes to the number of moorings
  • method statement and likely dates of work. Please also include a risk assessment and contractor details if known at this stage
  • supporting information – this varies but may include information regarding impacts relating to navigational safety and the environment (e.g. impacts on natural habitats or species, or changes to current/flow patterns) and associated mitigation measures
Application timescales

Deadline for receipt of full HWC application* Management Committee meeting Harbour Board meeting and decision
Date passed 15 March 2019 5 April 2019
25 March 2019 7 June 2019 12 July 2019
17 June 2019 13 September 2019 4 October 2019
6 September 2019 6 December 2019 10 January 2020

* You are advised to submit before this date to ensure documents can be checked and validated prior to the deadline.

How a full works consent is determined

This process does not apply for minor/maintenance consents.

The application documents submitted are posted on River Hamble Harbour Authority's (RHHA’s) website for public viewing and then a RHHA officer:

  • formally consults with Natural England
  • notifies interested parties that an application has been received and sets a deadline for comments
  • assess the application and any comments received
  • prepares a harbour works consent report

The harbour works consent report and application documents go before the Management Committee:

  • the committee makes its recommendation to the Harbour Board
  • the applicant/agent may address the Management Committee and/or the Harbour Board meeting in person

The harbour works consent report, application documents and the Management Committee’s recommendation go before the Harbour Board

  • the Board then approves or refuses the consent

The Harbour Authority writes formally to the applicant informing his of the decision and of any conditions imposed.