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Steps if bats are suspected at a building or development site

Below is the order of activities to carry out when undertaking building or development work where bats may be present:

  1. Contract an ecological consultant

  2. Undertake a bat survey (at the appropriate time of year)

  3. If bats are present, compile a mitigation plan/method statement to be shared with architects and/or building contractors

  4. Incorporate the bat survey report and mitigation plan/method statement into planning application

  5. Apply for planning permission

  6. Apply for an EPS license (if needed)

  7. If granted, carry out works with ecologist supervision

  8. Compliance check to ensure that mitigation is being properly implemented

  9. Monitor the site to check response of the bat population to the mitigation

Please consult the Bat Helpline 0345 1300 228 if you have any questions about this process.

To view or upload case studies of bat roost replacement or enhancement visit Roost.

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Bat Helpline

0345 1300 228