In most countries, a number of licenses or permits are required before an aquaculture system can be established in a specific location. The number and type of licenses will vary depending on the species, system and area.
The Licensing process described here refers to the planning process and the general steps required to obtain planning permission and a permit to establish an aquaculture farm. The names and terminology may be different depending on the jurisdiction but content is relevant throughout Europe and can be adapted and applied to specific cases. It is important to remember that other permits or licences may also be required once a farm has been established.