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The River Hamble Harbour Authority

Harbour Works

Any works within the River Hamble on its bed, banks or to structures below the mean high water mark require the permission of the Harbour Authority. The River Hamble Harbour Board may grant conditional consent permitting Harbour Works according to Section 10 of the Southampton Harbour Act 1924 and Section 48 of the Southampton Harbour Act 1949, as amended by the River Hamble Harbour Revision orders 1969 and 1989.

When determining a Harbour Works Consent the Harbour Authority takes account of the impact of the proposal on navigational safety and on certain elements of the environment.

Harbour Works Consent Categories

Full Harbour 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 (see application deadlines below)

Minor/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. For further advice on private pontoon applications please download Private Pontoon Consents Guidance  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 48kB. 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 HWC. Discuss your proposal with the Harbour Master or Environment and Development Manager for advice on whether it falls into this category.

How to Apply

Application timescales for Full Harbour Works Consent

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

How a Full HWC application is determined (not applicable to minor/maintenance consents)

Related information


Development fees

  • Up to and including 100m2 – £400
  • Over 100m2 to 500m2 – £451
  • Over 500m2 to 2,500m2 – £605
  • Over 2,500m2 to 10,000m2 – £1,117.50
  • Over 10,000m2 – £1,630
  • A reduced fee for applications that fall within the Harbour Master's delegated powers e.g. maintenance work to structures, single private pontoons – £153.50
  • Pre-application consultation fee - attendance at the Consents Advice Panel meeting and one hour of pre-application consultation will be at no charge – £49 an hour thereafter

All fees plus VAT

Dredging fees

  • Up to and including 500m3 - £88
  • Over 500m3 to 2,500m3 - £176
  • Over 2,500m3 to 10,000m3 - £880
  • Over 10,000m3 - £1,353
  • Routine Maintenance Dredging - £153.50

All fees plus VAT

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