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Great crested newts: apply for a mitigation licence (A14)

Apply for a licence to do development or other work that may affect great crested newts and find out how to report your actions.

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Great crested newts: mitigation licence application form (A14)

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Method statement template for great crested newt mitigation licence

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Appendix for applications with survey data from more than 10 ponds

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Work schedule for great crested newt licence

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Request a modification to your great crested newt licence

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Report your actions under this licence (for licences granted after summer 2013)

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Details

You must apply for a mitigation licence if your work will have impacts on great crested newts 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 great crested newts 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 (A14) for great crested newt mitigation
  • method statement to show what you’ll do to reduce the impacts of the proposed work on great crested newts
  • 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. Natural England will decide whether to issue a licence within 30 working days of receiving your application.

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 must:

  • 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 must:

  • 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 must 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 must:

  • 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 must report any actions you took using this licence. You must report no later than 2 weeks after your licence expires, even if you’ve taken no action. You may be asked to submit interim reports too. Send your completed form by post or email to Natural England using the details on the form.

Use the right report form

The report form you must use depends on when your licence was granted. If it was granted:

Published 6 October 2014
Last updated 14 December 2015 + show all updates
  1. New great crested newt method statement added.
  2. Added licence application and modification checklists to Detail section.
  3. Replaced great crested newt application form A14 with revised version.
  4. Added updated version of the application form.
  5. First published.