Harbours & Coast

Assets Transportation & Environmental Services have 11 harbours and piers in Fife open to commercial fishing and leisure craft.

We also have permissive powers under the Coast Protection Act 1949. 


Our prime responsibility is to carry out duties imposed by the Coast Protection Act 1949 and to inspect and maintain coast protection structures in its ownership with the objective of preventing erosion and damage, all in the interests of public safety. 


The Coast Protection Act 1949 empowers Local Authorities with coastlines, (termed Coast Protection Authorities) to carry out coast protection work inside and outside their area as necessary, subject to the approval of the Scottish Government. Capital works may, if approved, be eligible for partial grant funding from the Scottish Government. Proposed schemes, other than maintenance or emergency operations, must be advertised and provide value for money as demonstrated by a rigorous cost benefit analysis.

The powers given to us under the Act are permissive, i.e. it is not obliged to protect eroding coastlines. Instead, responsibility for management and prevention of erosion rests with the landowner of the site concerned. Schemes proposed by landowners require our consent and are not eligible for grant aid under the Act.


A second Shoreline Management Plan (SMP2) was completed in 2011. This provides an assessment of the risks associated with shoreline evolution, coastal flooding and erosion and presents a framework for policy to address risks. The documents can be viewed here.

Leisure and Cultural Services work in partnership with the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust to promote Fife's beaches and the Fife Coastal Path.


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