The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (c.51) (as amended)
Guidance notes for providing supporting information for badger licence applications
This document has been prepared to help people submit licence applications to permit activities that could disturb, damage or destroy badger setts
Clear photographs and maps are extremely helpful to allow a licensing officer to understand exactly what is proposed under licence and what the impact of the licenced activity might be. They are also extremely useful as a reference point for any licence that is subsequently issued: they can clearly show what activities are permitted and where and they can help people demarcate these on the ground.
The pages below show examples of photographs and a map that provide clear and unambigious information about badger setts, the proposed works and the location of these in relation the surrounding land and proposed works.
Applications missing this information, or presenting it in a vague manner, often result in delays in the amount of time taken to assess licence applications. By providing information of the quality below, the need to go back to the applicant is greatly reduced meaning where appropriate licences can be issued quicker avoiding delays to works.
More general guidance on surveying and monitoring protected species and also filling in licence application forms can be found on the licensing pages. To keep up to date on new guidance and changes the licensing news page should be checked frequently.
If you already have a licence number, include it in the subject line of your email, or have it to hand when you call.
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