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Hazel dormice: apply for a mitigation licence (A35)

Apply for a licence to carry out work that may affect hazel dormice, find out if you need to pay and how to report your actions.

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Application form for a hazel dormice mitigation licence (A35)

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Charge screening form for an application or a licence modification

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Method statement for a hazel dormouse mitigation licence

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Work schedule for a hazel dormouse mitigation licence

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

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Licence modification request form

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Feedback form for this licence

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Details

You must apply for a mitigation licence if your work will have an impact on hazel dormice 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 hazel dormice are protected.

How to apply

You need to complete latest versions of the:

  • application form
  • method statement to show what you’ll do to reduce the impacts of the proposed work on hazel dormice
  • work schedule to show when you’ll do the activities and in what order
  • charge screening form to find out if you need to pay

Complete all mandatory questions on the forms marked with an asterisk (*).

You also need to provide:

  • 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 will not 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 provide a master plan and habitat management and maintenance plan.

You need to send all required forms together with the application form.

Natural England will decide whether to issue a licence within 30 working days of receiving your application.

How to request a change to your existing licence

You need to complete the:

  • modification request form
  • charge screening form if your modification is for a licence applied for before 1 April 2019, to find out if you need to pay

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 on this page
  • 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, meaning it 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

When you may need to pay

You may need to pay for this licence or a change to your licence for certain development work. Natural England will assess your charge screening form and tell you:

  • if you need to pay
  • how much you’ll pay

Read the terms and conditions for paying for a wildlife licence.

When you do not need to pay

You will not pay for a licence or a change to your licence if it’s for:

  • use by a volunteer
  • preserving public health and safety
  • preventing the spread of disease
  • preventing serious damage to property
  • conservation of a historic property
  • domestic home improvements

How to pay

Natural England will send you an invoice when it approves your application.

You can pay by:

  • electronic bank transfer
  • debit or credit card by telephone - except American Express
  • cheque

Your invoice will give details for these payment methods.

You need to include the invoice number with your payment so Natural England can match it to your application.

VAT does not apply to charges for wildlife licences.

Natural England accepts purchase orders. If you want Natural England to add a purchase number to your invoice, you must include it in the invoice details in your charge form.

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 use depends on when your licence was granted. If it was granted:

Published 6 October 2014
Last updated 22 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Replaced the 2 existing charge screening forms (for new applications and for modifications) with a single form that covers both requests.

  2. Replaced application form A35-1 as previous version was unusable.

  3. Application form amended to fix problem with some radio buttons.

  4. Added charge screening form for modifications to a licence. Updated licence modification request form.

  5. Added sections on 'When you need to pay' for this licence and 'How to pay', new charge screening form and updated application and modification request forms.

  6. Replaced method statement with updated version.

  7. Replaced hazel dormice application form A35-1 with revised version.

  8. Updated version of application form added.

  9. First published.