Under the Poole Harbour Act 1914, amended 2012, the Commissioners have jurisdiction below the line of Mean High Water of Spring Tides (MHWST), and structures in that area require a Harbour Works Licence.
Major schemes are subject to review by the Commissioners. Please contact the Harbour Engineer’s Department prior to putting in an application.
Licences for structures already in place are personal to the Licensee and are not transferable. Should you purchase a property with a structure below the line of mean high water you will need to apply for a change of ownership licence.
Most of the Harbour foreshore is designated for nature conservation because of the number and variety of bird and plant life it supports. Due to these designations, applications for new structures in certain areas around the Harbour are unlikely to be approved. Please contact us for further information.