Harbour revision and empowerment orders
From 1 April 2010, we took over new applications for harbour revision and empowerment orders from the Department for Transport. We also took over the Department for Transport's existing cases, except for those specified in The Harbours Act 1964 (Delegation of Functions) Order 2010. More information on these cases from the Department for Transport.
The purpose of these pages is to advise on the nature of harbour orders and the procedure for obtaining one. It is not an authoritative interpretation of the law.
Types of order
The Harbours Act 1964 gives powers to make the following types of harbour order, the general purpose of which is to amend existing harbour legislation or to introduce new harbour legislation.
Section 14 harbour revision orders (HROs)
These orders can be applied for by the harbour authority concerned or by a person having a substantial interest in the harbour. The order must be in the interests of the harbour and may be made for achieving all or any of the objects specified in Schedule 2 of the act. These objects refer to the amendment or extension of existing powers.
Sections 15 and 15A harbour revision orders (HROs)
These orders are made by ministers in their own right. Section 15 orders are limited to the reconstitution of a harbour authority and the regulation of its procedure. Section 15A orders allow the minister to withdraw from making appointments to the harbour authority.
Section 16 harbour empowerment orders (HEOs)
These orders may be applied for by any person. They are used to construct a new harbour or to gain powers to improve, maintain or manage an existing harbour where no such powers already exist.
Marine Licensing Team
Marine Management Organisation
Newcastle upon Tyne
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