Guidance

Great crested newts: district level licensing schemes

Apply to join a district level licensing scheme in certain parts of England to manage great crested newt (GCN) populations affected by development proposals.

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Natural England and NatureSpace Partnership run separate district level licensing schemes in certain parts of England to manage great crested newt populations on behalf of local authorities.

Benefits of joining a scheme

If you join a scheme, you do not need to:

  • carry out your own surveys
  • plan and carry out mitigation work

You need to pay to join a scheme.

Join the scheme in Kent

You can apply to join the Natural England-led scheme if you have a development proposal in Kent. Use the guidance for developers and complete the forms to join the Natural England scheme.

Join a scheme in another area

Check if your development is in an area where you can join a NatureSpace Partnership-led scheme.

If you have a development proposal in Woking, you can apply to join the organisation-level scheme run by Woking Borough Council. This is a different type of scheme licence.

Published 28 February 2019