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Thames foreshore permits

Foreshore permits and coronavirus - UPDATE

UK government guidelines state:
  • you must stay at home
  • you must avoid unnecessary travel
  • you should only go outside for food; health reasons; or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • do not meet others – even friends or family

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has emphasised that all types of leisure and recreational activities anywhere on the tidal Thames should be avoided – until further notice.  

This includes all foreshore searching activities and therefore applies to foreshore permits.
This is to reduce all forms of social contact and all forms of travel. It assists by helping reduce the risk of potential unnecessary strain on the emergency / response services. 
It also enables the PLA to focus on our vital role of ensuring cargo ships get in and out of port terminals on the Thames promptly – ensuring vital food, medicines and other supplies are delivered to local communities.
Therefore we are not currently issuing or renewing any permits for activity on the foreshore. All existing foreshore permit holders are requested to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel - in line with UK Government guidelines. 
Anyone who has applied (and paid) for a new or renewal permit but who has not yet received it can obtain a refund by e-mailing their details to ar@pla.co.uk.
Further information will be provided in due course. Enquiries should be directed to foreshore.permits@pla.co.uk