Natural England licensing route

Before applying for a licence, surveys will need to be carried out during the recognised season (mid-March to mid-June) to confirm whether great crested newts are present. A population size class assessment may also be needed.

When presence of great crested newts is confirmed, details of surveys, mitigation and compensation will need to be submitted and agreed with us as part of your planning application.

Once planning permission has been granted, a licence application will need to be submitted to Natural England, including details of:

  • impacts
  • mitigation
  • compensation
  • monitoring

You will need to demonstrate that compensation will restore, grow or enhance the great crested newt population.

If great crested newts were considered to be absent from a development site, but are subsequently discovered during construction, all works must cease, and you must contact Natural England for advice. A licence may subsequently be required before works can recommence.