Charges for licences, along with details of the exemptions, are outlined in Annex 2 on Page 21.
- New Class Licence registration (bats, GCN, dormice) £80 charge and £35 to renew online
- Non-complex bat mitigation licence application: £500
- Non-complex GCN mitigation licence application: £700
- Non-complex dormouse mitigation licence application: £690
There are higher charges for larger, more complex sites.
It should be noted that householder applications are exempt from charge. This includes extensions and conversions in houses where bats are present. See the Natural England document for full details.
When will these charges be implemented?
Natural England may start charging in the autumn of 2018 for mitigation licences. Acorn Ecology will keep all clients updated and informed of any news regarding these charges.
Currently mitigation licence applications take 30-60 working days to process, often at the top of this range or above. It is hoped that the charges would result in a quicker service and a faster turnaround for licences from Natural England.
If you need to speak to an ecologist about your site please get in touch with your nearest branch or email firstname.lastname@example.org.