A bat licence is required when development works are likely to adversely affect a bat roost – more precisely, a licence is required if the work may kill or injure a bat or if the work may disturb, damage or destroy a roost. The bat licence, properly known as a European Protected Species Development Licence (EPSDL), is issue by one of the statutory conservation bodies, which are Natural England in England, Natural Resources Wales in Wales and Scottish Natural Heritage in Scotland.
How much does it cost?
The cost of a licence varies on the complexity of the project, depending on the size of the development, number of bat species present and the type of bat roosts present. Generally speaking, the cost will be between £600.00 – £1000.00 for a licence.
When can it be done?
A licence can be completed at any time but usually requires that full planning permission has been granted. This is a positive, as it means that you only have to pay for this once you are sure you can develop.
Anything else I need to know?
The licence needs detailed and up to date survey work to inform the application and although you would have done survey work already, it is possible that you need to do extra work to make sure the licence application is accepted. Usually you will need to have undertake a bat scoping survey, a minimum of two emergence (activity) surveys within the last 12 months.
Once the licence is granted, you can usually start your work although there may be timing constraints depending on what bats were present. This will all be detailed within the licence and will be very clearly explained by us so that the process is as easy as possible.
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