Bats: licences for land management

Bats roost in various places including woodlands, buildings, bridges, tunnels and caves. Roosts are protected even when bats are absent.

How bats use different structures depends on the time of year, but bats will usually return to the same roosts year after year.

Most land management practices are unlikely to affect bats or their roosts. But you should apply to us for a licence if your work could otherwise result in an offence in relation to bats.

A licence can only be granted if you can meet the three strict European protected species licensing tests.

How to apply

Fill in the application form and email it to [email protected].

Download the Licence application form – works affecting bats

Read the Guidance notes for application for a licence for European protected species

Read the Guidance notes on providing supporting information for a licence for European protected species

Licence returns

A condition of any licence is that you must submit a licence return to us.

You should submit your return information using our licence return form for works affecting bats. Email us your completed form, giving your name and licence number in the subject line.

Licence changes and renewals

You should get in touch if you wish to amend a licence. But check your licence conditions first: you may be able to appoint agents and assistants without having to get them named on your licence.

Find out about adding persons to a licence.

You must also remember to contact us to renew your licence. Licences aren’t renewed automatically.


If you already have a licence number, include it in the subject line of your email, or have it to hand when you call.

Licensing Team
Telephone: 01463 725 364
Email: [email protected]

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