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How can one apply for a license for the development and utilization of tidal shoals?
(02.21.2008)

The license system is adopted for the development and utilization of tidal shoal areas. The procedures for the application are as follows:

1. The application for the development and utilization of tidal shoals with an area of less than or equal to 80 hectares shall be submitted by enterprises or individuals to the district or county level Water Affairs Authority.

2. The application for the development and utilization of tidal shoals with an area of more than 80 hectares shall be submitted by enterprises or individuals to the Shanghai Municipal Tidal Shoal Administration Department.

3. An initial opinion will be issued in written form within fifteen days by the Shanghai Municipal Tidal Shoal Administration Department or district/county level water affairs authoritiy before the application is submitted to the Shanghai Municipal Water Affairs Bureau for its final approval.

4. A decision will be made by the Shanghai Municipal Water Affairs Bureau within thirty days after the receipt of application. Applicants can collect their License for the Development and Utilization of Tidal Shoal Areas at the Shanghai Municipal Tidal Shoal Administration Department with the approval from the Shanghai Municipal Water Affairs Bureau, and the receipt for the tidal usage fees and location map of the tidal shoal area.

The purposes and scope of the development and utilization, the means of utilization as well as the utilization period shall be stated clearly in the application form. A project proposal (or feasibility study report) and all other relevant documents shall be submitted.

The transfer of tidal shoal utilization rights after the collection of the license has to be approved by the original authority through the same application process. Registration is required for the change of utilization purposes. A coordination document shall be attached for a transfer that bears the interests of various sides. The opinion from an urban planning department is required if changing the enclosed tidal shoal area from farming purposes to non-farming purposes.