New Bill on Beach Protection

On Wednesday the Swedish Parliament voted in favour of the government’s bill on changed rules regarding public access to beaches.

The aim is to make it easier to develop beaches inland and in sparsely populated areas, while at the same time toughening the rules on highly exploited coastal sites.

According to a press release, the bill means that local and regional influence on the process is increased as local authorities will be able to better identify the areas that are best suited for development of houses or tourist spots.

The County Administrative Board will oversee plans of and act in the interest of beach protection.

In Sweden there is a ban on building closer than 100 m from the shoreline and in accordance with Swedish tradition, a strip of 25 m along the beach will still be open to the public, even if the beach protection in the area has been suspended.

The new rules will apply from 1 July.