Step 1: Read the Note to Applicants which includes important details and instructions.

Step 2: Complete the Application for Short-term Commercial Use of Beaches (Event-Based) (available as a fillable PDF or hard copy form from the Ministry) and submit to the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change via email ( or by hand. 

Step 3: Applicant gets confirmation of receipt of their application and a response to their application. Applications are typically processed within fifteen (15) business days of receipt. 

Step 4: Successful applicants receive a Conditional Letter of Approval. 

Step 5: Successful applicants use the Conditional Letter of Approval to apply for a temporary Trade Licence to operate at the specified beach/beaches and obtain any other required permissions/permits/licences, such as a liquor licence.

Note: Event organizers are responsible for managing all supporting vendors/business operators associated with the event. Organizers must indicate the type and number of vendors expected and the accommodation/facilities that would be used by each. Event organizers are responsible for ensuring that vendors operating within the event have all necessary permissions and licences to operate, including a temporary Trade Licence, and adhere to the conditions of beach use for the event. Vendor details, including name, type and contact information, should be provided in a separate attachment to facilitate a Beach Use Permit for each vendor which is required for acquiring a temporary Trade Licence. If not available on application, vendor details can be submitted subsequently.

Step 6: Applicant submits the Trade Licence(s) and all other required permissions/permits/licences to the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change and receives final approval by issuance of a Beach Use Permit. The Permit will indicate all conditions attached to the approved beach use. 

Step 7: Applicant can commence use of the beach in accordance with the conditions of their Permit. 


Department Contact Information

Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change

265 Waterfront Drive
Road Town 
Tortola VG1110
British Virgin Islands


Business Hours:

8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M

Email Address:

Telephone: 1(284) 468-2152