Thanet Coastal Codes

The Thanet coast is a valued open space used by many people for recreational activities. It is also highly valued for its plants, animals and birds. Local people agreed that a series of voluntary codes could help safeguard the area’s coastline and wildlife, whilst encouraging people to use the coast responsibly and safely.

Cracking the Codes

The Codes were written jointly by people involved in coastal activities and the Thanet Coast Project, and individuals and clubs are encouraged to support them. They will also be reviewed from time to time.

The first set of Thanet coastal codes were developed in 2002. The codes are reviewed by stakeholders on a regular basis, and shown online. If you would like to comment on any of the codes, please contact us so that they can be considered when next reviewed. Thet are due to be reviewed in line with Thanet's new Beach and Coast PSPO (2021) and related Code of Conduct

Coastal Codes

Please click on the links to see the codes online.

Please note:


  • The Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve (NNR) Steering Group are currently developing a new recreational strategy as part of the revised NNR Management Plan (led by Kent Wildlife Trust on behalf of all the NNR landowners/partners).
  • REVIEW: Thanet Coastal Codes are reviewed by Advisory Group/Stakeholders/Management Group from time to time. Please forward any updates or suggestions to:

North East Kent Research Code

The NE Kent Scientific Advisory's Group has produced the voluntary NE Kent Research Code for anyone carrying out research in the area to complement the Thanet Coastal Codes.

Please follow the Thanet Coastal Codes

  • Respect Coastal Wildlife

  • Consider other users

  • Stay safe

  • Be environmentally friendly

Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ
United Kingdom



Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)