Thames foreshore permits
The Licensing Department have received your application for a foreshore permit and we aim to complete it as soon as possible.
We have been experiencing significant increases in the volume of applications received during December and January. This has caused a backlog of applications to process, particularly new permits. Our processing times on these kinds of applications have therefore increased.
Please be patient, we are working through them as quickly as we can.
Anyone wishing to search the tidal Thames foreshore from Teddington to Thames Barrier 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 or ‘scraping’
As from 1st January 2020, there will be new security checks in place with all new applications please provide either a full colour copy of a passport or driving license to verify the person applying, this is to be attached. Applications will not be processed without all the relevant paperwork provided.
The PLA issues a standard permit - allows digging to a depth of 7.5 cm (for all new applicants)
With effect from 1st January 2020 we will no longer be issuing plastic card permits. Your Foreshore Permit will be issued by email as a pdf document.
As from 1st January 2020, the new 3 year cycle starts and all permits issued from that date will expire on 31st December 2022*.
*Please note: Upon expiry of your Foreshore Permit, please go to our website to renew. A reminder letter will not be sent.
- Adult £85
- Junior (15-17yrs) £55 (must be accompanied by a permit holding adult)
- Junior (12-14yrs) £30 (must be accompanied by a permit holding adult)
- Daily £40
- Replacement cost for lost card £5
Applying for a permit
To apply for a Permit complete an application form
New Applicant form (Word.docx)
Renewal form (Word.docx)
Page 1 - sign and date
Page 2 - complete in block capitals
Attach a colour photograph of the person applying.
The completed application form and photo should be sent via email to: Foreshore.Permits@pla.co.uk
With effect from 1st January 2020, all foreshore permits must be paid for in advance. Once payment has been received the application will be processed and your permit produced.
Payment details can be found on page 10 of the application form.
You can also pay by card or PayPal using the button below.
For further information please contact Licensing Department:
(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)