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Application for Section 46/47 Permit

Applications for a permit under Section 46 of the Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1952 and Section 47 of the Foyle Fisheries Act 1952.

Please read these guidance notes first.

What is a Section 46/47 Permit and why do I need one?

Sections 46 of the Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1952 and 47 of the Foyle Fisheries Act 1952 permits the removal of river bed material from the freshwater portion of any river in the Loughs Agency’s area. Loughs Agency, Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (FCILC) may, by permit in writing, and subject to any conditions specified in the permit, authorise any named person to do such things as may be specified in the permit.

A Section 46/47 permit authorises the holder to carry out activities which may otherwise be illegal.

In issuing the permit the Commission must be satisfied of the purpose for which the permit is required. It is important, therefore, that the applicant provides as much detail as possible so that the application can be properly assessed.

Applications for Section 46/47 permits MUST be received 28 working days before the start date of the operation. [1]

Click here to download a flow diagram of the application process.

Click here to download the application form.

If you would like to review the Section 46/47 applications received by the Loughs Agency please click here.

Any Section 46/47 permit applications should be sent to:

Mr Declan Lawlor

Loughs Agency

22 Victoria Road


BT47 2AB

[1] Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002) s39 and Wildlife Act 1976 s12 (ROI) which require Loughs Agency to consult with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and The Minister respectively when considering permit applications. Consultation period shall be no less than 28 days.