Frequently Asked Questions and criteria

Before starting your application, it’s important to establish which award is right for your site. For marinas and boat tour operators, it’s simple – Blue Flag is the one for you. For beaches, the checklist below can help you make the right decision.

For all awards, please make sure you read the full criteria.

Our coordinator is on hand if you have any questions or need support with your application. Just email coast@keepwalestidy.cymru

Blue FlagSeaside AwardGreen Coast Award
Water Quality ClassificationExcellentSufficientExcellent or equivalent if the site is not a designated bathing water
Clean beachYesYesYes
Risk assessmentYesYesYes
SafetyFirst aid and all other control measures identified in the detailed site risk assessmentFirst aid and all other control measures identified in the detailed site risk assessmentAs per site risk assessment
Dog restrictionsYesDogs must be on a leadNo, unless local restrictions are in place
Environmental education activitiesYesNoNo, however local activities should be promoted
Detailed information boardYesYesBasic information required
Toilet facilitiesYesYesNo
Litter and recycling binsYesYesYes, unless an alternative scheme is in place and information about it available to visitors
Community guardianshipEncouragedNoYes
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