Form

Protected species licences: when to include a reasoned statement with your application

Use the correct form to explain why your application meets the licence criteria and that there’s no satisfactory alternative to your planned activity.

Documents

Reasoned statement for preserving public health and safety

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Reasoned statement for overriding public interest

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Detail

You may need to complete a reasoned statement as part of your licence application pack, if the activity you have applied for has no satisfactory alternative that will cause less harm to a protected species.

You’ll need to submit a reasoned statement to support licence applications which:

  • concern preserving public health and safety
  • have an overriding public interest

Use the guidance Protected species licences: when to include a reasoned statement above to find out more detail about reasoned statements, when you need to submit one and which form to use.

See also: European protected species: apply for a mitigation licence