Devon and Severn IFCADevon and Severn IFCA

Section 155 & 156

Marine and Coastal Access Act

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the above Act, Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority intends to apply to the Minister for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the confirmation of the following Byelaw.

Exemptions Byelaw 2019

The proposed Byelaw enables the Authority to consider and potentially grant or decline permission for the conducting of an activity that would otherwise be a contravention of a Byelaw or a Permit Condition within a Byelaw that the Authority has inherited or introduced. Any permission will only be issued, where in the view of the Authority, the permission does not materially detract from the Authority’s duties as set out within section 153 and 154 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

The Byelaw provides guidance regarding how any such application is considered and processed within a specified time. The application will be determined within 60 days of receipt of the application.

The Byelaw also provides the potential applicant with transparency regarding their responsibility to assemble the information or evidence as determined by the Authority so that the Authority can fully consider the application for an authorisation in accordance with the relevant paragraphs. If required, the Authority will be able to advise the potential applicant or applicants regarding the type and detail of information and evidence that must be submitted to support their application and the subsequent assessment of it.

A full text version of the above Byelaw and the associated Impact Assessment can be viewed on the D&S IFCA website or obtained by contacting the office. You can also use the following links to read the final draft Exemptions Byelaw and the Impact Assessment (consultation version).

How to comment?

Any person wishing to comment, support or object to the confirmation of the above Byelaw must do so in writing to:

Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team, Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 7YH (or by 15th August 2019 and must send a copy to the Acting Chief Officer at Devon and Severn IFCA, Brixham Laboratory, Freshwater Quarry, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8BA (or


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