The illustrative map should not be interpreted as a legal representation of jurisdictional boundaries.

Which maritime spatial plans exist?

Prior to 2021, Denmark did not have an holistic spatial plan for the sea, however, a range of sectoral plans have been in use. These plans have provided key contributions to the MSP planning process in Denmark. The Danish maritime spatial plan for the sea was finalised and launched in March 2021. This new maritime spatial plan introduces holistic spatial planning for the entire Danish marine area, including the marine internal waters, the territorial sea and the EEZ.

A public consultation on the Maritime Spatial Plan and the Environmental Assessment started on 31 March 2021 for a period of six month and ended on 30 September 2021.

The Danish MSP was issued as an executive order, and is therefore legally binding. The proposal has temporary legal effect. This means that as of March 2021 all authorities in Denmark must comply with the regulations and area allocations of the MSP.

MSP legislation

The Danish Parliament has adopted the Maritime Spatial Planning Act, which establishes the framework for spatial planning in the Danish marine areas. 

The coming spatial plan will apply to the marine internal waters, the territorial sea and the EEZ.

National MSP authority

Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), Ministry of Business and Growth.


Danish Maritime Authority

Blue Growth and Maritime Policy

Henrik Skovmark, Chief Special Adviser

Phone: +45 72 19 63 81



Last Update 11.07.2022