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Prior Consent for Metal Detecting


The Humber Estuary contains nationally important habitats that are of scientific interest. It is therefore designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and needs protection. North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) must manage the site appropriately to conserve its special features. This can include restricting activities that have the potential to disturb the physical environment and the birds on the site, including Metal Detecting.

In conjunction with Natural England we are currently trialling a scheme that allows metal detecting on specifically designated zones on Cleethorpes Beach. The trial started on 1st May 2023 for six months but has been extended for the time being. It has been introduced as a way of monitoring the impact of metal detecting on the SSSI.

Prior consents for metal detecting will be valid for a single day and a new prior consent will need to be obtained for each day you intend to undertake metal detecting on Cleethorpes Beach.

To apply for a Metal Detecting Prior Consent you will need to create a MyNelincs Self-Serve Portal account and follow the link below.

Metal Detecting Prior Consent form

Terms and conditions

Information provided in this section will be used to generate your prior consent. You must apply for this each time you intend to metal detect on Cleethorpes Beach and provide proof of consent if you are asked for it.

Failure to apply for consent or provide evidence of it upon request may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) Fine of £100 in accordance with the Public Space Protection Order (Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014).

Information provided in this section will be used to help us understand the nature and frequency of metal-detecting activity on Cleethorpes Beach and inform us how we can best manage it when the trial period comes to an end.

You must also remain within the designated zones whilst using your metal detector. Anyone found metal detecting outside of the designated zones, may be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) Fine of £100 in accordance with the Public Space Protection Order (Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014).

The designated zones and description of the area can be found here:

Metal detecting trial – permitted areas (PDF, 2MB)

Please note that this trial only applies to Cleethorpes Beach. Metal detecting in parks and open spaces across the borough is not permitted.