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Applying for Licences for Protected Wreck Sites

Anyone can apply for a licence to dive on Designated Wreck Sites.

For sites in English, Welsh and Northern Irish waters, forms can be obtained from:  

For Scotland, please note that Historic Marine Protected Areas have replaced section 1 of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 for the designation of historic shipwrecks in Scottish territorial waters.

For more information see Historic Scotland's website

Applying to dive on a historic wreck

Anyone who wants to dive on a historic wreck in English waters, which has been designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, should complete the appropriate form.

It will then be considered by Historic England, who will in turn recommend to the Secretary of State whether or not a licence should be granted.

Historic England may also recommend that certain conditions are attached.

Training in archaeological techniques

We attach great importance to appropriate training in archaeological techniques and would like to encourage applicants and their teams to attend the courses run by the Nautical Archaeology Society.

Details of these are available from:

NAS Training Officer
Fort Cumberland
Hampshire P04 9LD
Tel: 023 9281 8419

If you need help with this application please contact Alison James at Historic England, telephone 07770 736095 or email: