Great crested newts: district level licensing schemes for developers and ecologists
Apply to join a district level licensing scheme to develop land that may affect great crested newts and supply any survey data you collect.
Applies to England
- developers on how to join a district level licensing scheme to develop land that may affect great crested newts
- ecologists on how to supply data from site surveys
If a district level licensing scheme does not operate in your area, you must apply for a mitigation licence to carry out work that affects great crested newts.
Guidance is also available on district level licensing schemes for local planning authorities.
For more information, email Natural England.
Last updated 30 January 2023 + show all updates
Under NatureSpace district level licensing scheme: removed Elmbridge from the list of exclusions in Surrey as the scheme now operates in this area.
Uploaded an updated version of the enquiry form and added Cumbria to the list of Natural England-led schemes.
Uploaded updated versions of the application and enquiry forms.
Updated title, subheading and details to reflect the new guidance added for ecologists. Added new guidance for ecologists on supplying survey data. Updated the guidance 'Developers: how to join the great crested newt district level licensing scheme' - included a link to what to include in your GIS polygon shapefile.
Updated how to renew your licence. You must request renewal of your licence at least 1 month before it expires.