Give notice and get consent for a planned activity on a SSSI

Owners and occupiers should use this form to give notice of a planned activity on a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) that needs Natural England’s permission.

Applies to England



As the owner or occupier of a SSSI, you must give notice and get Natural England’s permission (consent) before you:

  • carry out a planned activity on it
  • allow someone else to carry out a planned activity on it

Follow the guidance on managing your land on a SSSI to find out:

  • when you need consent
  • how to get advice
  • how to give notice

Use this form to give notice of the planned activity. You may include:

  • a map of the site
  • routes vehicles might take to complete the work
  • materials and chemicals you’ll need to use

Natural England may ask you for more details, where necessary.

Land management schemes

If you plan to carry out management on your SSSI land as part of your land management agreement, you must get permission from Natural England before you start work. This includes:

  • Countryside Stewardship (Higher Tier and Mid Tier)
  • Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) extensions
  • Minor and Temporary Adjustment (MTA)

When you submit the notice, you must attach a copy of your agreement or approved MTA.

Send your completed form by email

Email your completed form to

Updates to this page

Published 2 June 2015
Last updated 18 May 2023 + show all updates
  1. The form 'Notice of proposal to cause, carry out or permit an operation requiring Natural England’s consent on a site of special scientific interest (SSSI)' has been updated to include a section on EIA (Agriculture) regulations.

  2. Added information for 'Land management schemes' in the details section.

  3. We have updated the form.

  4. Single point of email contact.

  5. Details of where to send the consent notice form has changed.

  6. Updated version of form.

  7. First published.

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