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Permit for Removal of River Bed Material

Removal of river bed (Section 46/47)

Sections 46 of the Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1952 and 47 of the Foyle Fisheries Act 1952 allow riverbed material to be removed from the freshwater stretch of any river in the Loughs Agency’s areas. It can only be done, though, by written permit, subject to any conditions. A Section 46/47 permit authorises the holder to carry out activities which might otherwise be illegal. If you would like to review the Section 46/47 applications received by Loughs Agency please click here.

Before issuing a permit, Loughs Agency must be satisfied about why it is required. It is important, therefore, that applicants provide as much detail as possible so their request can be properly assessed. Applications for Survey Permits MUST be received by Loughs Agency 28 working days before the start date of the operation.

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

Loughs Agency
22 Victoria Road
BT47 2AB

Please note that applications submitted to Loughs Agency will be made available on-line for the purposes of public consultation.  Any personal information will be removed.  Information received will be processed in accordance with our Privacy Policy

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Section 4 Declaration - Please note that the responsible person (including all partners of a Partnership) must sign the declaration themselves, even if an agent is acting on their behalf as the applicant contact. For applications from a company or other corporate body the individual(s) signing should be duly authorised to sign on behalf of the company or corporate body. It is an offence to make a false statement when applying for a licence. I declare to the best of my knowledge the statements made in the application form, including the map and accompanying sheets are true.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

21 April 1926 to 8 September 2022