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European protected species licensing

Certain animals and plants in Scotland are given strict protection as European protected species. Find out more about licensing and these species:

When European protected species are present, licences to permit development can only be granted subject to three strict tests being met:

Test 1: The reason for the licence must relate to one of several specified purposes listed in Regulation 44(2) of the The Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended)

Test 2: There must be no satisfactory alternative

Test 3: The proposed action must not be detrimental to the maintenance of the species at 'favourable conservation status'.

  • When considering this test Scottish Natural Heritage will take into account any possible impacts of development proposals on favourable conservation status of the species concerned in their natural range. The applicant will need to provide detailed proposals (to be included in the 'Supporting information') of all the mitigation and compensation measures that they will undertake to ensure that impacts on the species concerned are kept to a minimum. Please see the Guidance notes on providing the supporting information  PDF document . SNH will base their decision on whether the proposed mitigation work is sufficient to maintain the conservation status of the species concerned.

For further information or advice please contact or telephone 01463 725364.

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