Thames foreshore access including metal detecting, searching and digging.
Anyone wishing to search the tidal Thames foreshore in any way for any reason must hold a current foreshore permit from the Port of London Authority.
Searching includes all such activities including searching; metal detecting; digging, or ‘scraping’
Type of Permits
The PLA issues two types of foreshore permits.
- Standard - allows digging to a depth of 7.5 cm (for all new applicants)
- Mudlark - allows digging to a depth of 1.2m
As from 1st January 2019, the new 3 year cycle starts and all permits issued from that date will expire on 31st December 2021.
- Adult £80
- Junior (12-14yrs) £25 (must be accompanied by a permit holding adult)
- Junior (15-17yrs) £50 (must be accompanied by a permit holding adult)
- Daily £35
- Mudlark £85 (Only applicable if you are a member of the Thames Mudlark Society)
Applying for a permit
To apply for a Permit complete an application form
Page 1 - sign and date
Page 2 - complete in block capitals
Attach a passport size photograph
The completed application form and photo should be sent via email to: Foreshore.Permits@pla.co.uk
With effect from 1st January 2019, all foreshore permits must be paid for in advance. Once payment has been received the application will be processed and your card produced.
Payment details can be found on page 10 of the application form.
For further information please contact Richard Rayfield:
Telephone 01474 562 332
(Please allow a minimum of Four weeks for the application to be processed)
Please note: The PLA no longer accept postal applications.
No person except in an emergency can enter an area within 70 metres of the northern bank of the river Thames between Westminster Bridge and 200 metres below Lambeth Bridge. (see Foreshore Map - Middle District)