Metal detecting

The following outlines permissions for metal detecting on The Crown Estate owned foreshore. 

You do not need to apply for a permit. This excludes the River Thames, please see separate tab. 

Anybody wishing to carry out metal detecting on our foreshore is granted a permissive right from The Crown Estate; this permissive right does not apply to the seabed or river beds or any other Crown Estate land. The permissive right is also subject to detectorists adhering to The Treasure Act 1996 and its accompanying code of practice, as well as our terms and conditions. We therefore ask that you read the terms and conditions here before metal detecting on Crown Estate land. Please note that you do not need to notify The Crown Estate that you have read these terms and conditions. 

Please first assess that the area of foreshore is owned by The Crown Estate by using our Foreshore and Estuary Map found here: 

Foreshore and Estuary Map

Please note that foreshore in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is defined as the land between mean high water and mean low water. 

Seabed Metal Detecting

At present The Crown Estate does not grant permits for the sea bed as the Treasure Act does not apply below the foreshore. Finds above the low water mark are generally the property of the landowner, unless classified as Treasure. Wreck on the seabed may still legally belong to a third party, therefore we recommend that any finds, particularly whilst you are diving or snorkelling, are not removed and are reported to English Heritage and the Receiver of Wreck.