It is important for the BwN-proponent to be aware of all relevant regulations. BwN faces large numbers of rules and standards that have to be taken into consideration. A developer should check if the alternatives he considers are statutory and legal. This includes obligatory approval procedures (permits and licences), applicable formal and informal regulations and applicable planning systems. The following actions need to be undertaken:

  • Scan regulations and identify formal requirements: A scan of regulations will give a general overview of regulatory risks and opportunities. The actual text of regulations gives a first idea of which requirements the BwN-initiative has to meet. Such projects are located at the interface of land and water, environments- estuaries, shorelines, lakes and seas - will be under jurisdiction of one or more government institutions. Scans of regulations take time and require some expertise in this field. Obtaining this data or a second opinion could be outsourced to a specialised consultant. 
  • Talk with the authorities in charge: It is advisable to consult the authorities in charge of specific regulations and discuss whether your interpretation is correct and complete. The culture of permitting and details of the formal and informal regulatory settings may differ strongly by country and region, even if the overarching regulations are the same, like in the European Union..
  • Adjust and fit the BwN design: Once formal requirements and their practical implications are clear, one should adjust the BwN design if necessary to comply with them.
  • Check the Regulatory lessons learned from several BwN projects