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Bats: apply for a mitigation licence

Get a licence to do development or other work which may affect bats (a protected species).

Documents

Bats: mitigation licence application form (A13a-1) for up to 3 species

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Bats: mitigation licence application form (A13b-1) for 4 or more species

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Method statement template for bats mitigation licence

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Work schedule for bat mitigation licence

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Request a modification to your bat mitigation licence

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Detail

You need a mitigation licence if your work will have impacts on bats that would otherwise be illegal, such as:

  • capturing, killing, disturbing or injuring them (on purpose or by not taking enough care)
  • damaging or destroying their breeding or resting places (even accidentally)
  • obstructing access to their resting or sheltering places (on purpose or by not taking enough care)

Find out how bats are protected.

What you need to send

When applying for a mitigation licence, you need to complete the forms available on this page:

  • application form for bat mitigation
  • method statement to show what you’ll do to reduce the impacts of the proposed work on bats
  • work schedule to show when you’ll do the activities and in what order

You also need to supply:

  • a reasoned statement to show that the activity fits the criteria and that there is no satisfactory alternative
  • references to show that the ecological consultant has the necessary experience to apply for a mitigation licence (references won’t be needed if they’ve held a mitigation licence for the same species in the last 3 years)

If the application is for a phased or multi-plot development, you should supply:

  • master plans
  • habitat management and maintenance plans

Licences are free. Allow up to 30 working days for a licensing decision to be made.

Checklist for a licence application

You must:

  • use the latest version of the method statement, reasoned statement (if required), work schedule and application form
  • complete all mandatory questions on the forms which are marked with *
  • include a master plan and habitat management and maintenance plan if your application is phased or multi-plot
  • make it clear in the covering email or letter you send with the application if the purpose of your application is preserving public health or public safety
  • indicate clearly on both copies of your documents if you submit them by both email and post

On the application form, you have to:

  • provide the applicant’s email and postal address (section 1)
  • include a site address and grid reference (section 6)
  • indicate whether the named ecologist has held an EPS licence for the same species in the last three years - If not, you must provide two references and details of their experience (section 10)
  • obtain the necessary planning consents and include copies of them - Consents are required even if your application does not need a reasoned statement (section 11)
  • indicate whether your application requires a reasoned statement - If it does not need a reasoned statement, explain why not (section 11)
  • confirm you have no previous wildlife convictions (section 16)
  • have both the named ecologist and applicant complete, sign and date the declaration (section 16)

On the work schedule, you must:

  • include the site name and address, and the submission date

With the method statement, you have to:

  • include all compulsory figures (section I)
  • separate the figures into individual PDF documents and ensure the date of submission is included on each document (section I)

Checklist for a licence modification request

You must:

  • quote the licence reference number

For a change of licensee, you have to include:

  • a letter or email from the previous licensee explaining what is proposed
  • a letter or email from the new licensee confirming that they accept the agreed mitigation proposals relating to the licence
  • an application form with sections 1, 16a and 16b completed by the new licensee

For a change of named ecologist, you must include:

  • a letter or email from the previous ecologist explaining what is proposed
  • a letter or email from the new ecologist confirming that they accept the agreed mitigation proposals relating to the licence
  • an application form with Sections 2, 10, 16a and 16c completed by the new ecologist

If your licence is annexed, you have to:

  • complete the modification request form above
  • have both the ecologist and the licensee sign the form
  • include any amended documents or figures, dated appropriately, as stated on your request form (highlight changes within documents and strikeout deleted text)

If your licence is pre-annex, ie includes a licensed method statement, you must:

  • provide a summary of progress stating what has been completed and what is left to complete
  • provide a summary of the animals captured or disturbed during the licensed works so far
  • include a list of the changes to the licensed method statement and other documents
  • state whether there are any implications for the ‘favourable conservation status’ of the licensed species as a result of the proposed changes
  • include an updated method statement, dated appropriately, with all changes clearly highlighted (even if you only need to modify the work schedule)
  • include all maps and figures that support your method statement

How to report your actions

You are required to report any actions you took under this licence to Natural England using the European protected species return form.

You need to complete the report no later than 2 weeks after your licence expires, even if you’ve taken no action. There may be times when you’ll be asked to submit interim reports as well.