14 Jun 2019 Natural England announces next phase of Protected Species Licencing Charges
This short article summarises forthcoming licence charging changes detailed in Natural England’s Wildlife Licensing Newsletter of May 2019. It concentrates on those changes that are most relevant in terms of development projects.
Charges for badger and great crested newt mitigation licences
Following the implementation of charges for bat and dormouse mitigation licences in April, Natural England now plans to implement charges for badger mitigation licences from the latter half of July 2019. The date when charges come into effect will be confirmed imminently. After this, any new applications and modifications received will typically be subject to fees. Charging for great crested newt mitigation licences has been deferred until November 2019.
A price indication service for great crested newt mitigation licences is still under consideration, as costs can be considerable. The approach will be confirmed ahead of the roll out of the system.
Charges for Modifications to Bat and Dormouse Licences
Charges for bat and dormouse licences have now been implemented. As of 1 July 2019 Natural England will also be charging for all non-trivial modifications to bat and dormouse licences. Non-trivial modifications include changes to the work schedule, figures and masterplan, and situations such as the late discovery of a bat species on site once the licence has been issued. To allow Natural England to determine whether payment for the modification is necessary, a ‘Charge Screening Form’ will need to be submitted alongside the Modification Request Form. Natural England will then confirm whether charges apply in the acknowledgement email (the same approach as used for new applications).
Most modifications for dormice and bat licences are expected to cost less than £500. Time will be charged at £101 / hour. No cost estimation service will be provided.
Natural England has indicated that Trivial Licence Modifications i.e changes to the named ecologist or changes to the applicant will remain free of charge.
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