Why are bat surveys needed for planning ….

20 Jun 2023

It is common to be asked for a bat survey, or bat and bird survey, to accompany your planning application. Although many people think bats only occur in old buildings like churches and barns in fact they can be found in many types of building, including outbuildings, garages, agricultural buildings, bungalows, terraces, and modern houses.

These surveys are asked for because bats and their roosts are protected under both UK and European Law (HM Government Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010) which means it is illegal to disturb, injure, harm or kill them. Nesting birds are also protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, with extra protection for Barn Owls, which are included on Schedule 1 of the Act. Our surveys and advise help you proceed with your project with the necessary permissions so that you stay inside the law and protect wildlife as the law requires. If your planning officer has requested a bat or bat and bird survey, or your architect or planning agent has recommended you obtain a survey prior to lodging your planning application, the first step is to contact us to arrange an internal inspection of your building. You can generate a quote and buy online using our auto quoting tool, or use the Contact Us page and we will get in touch to discuss your specific requirements and provide a no obligation quotation which is valid for 90 days.

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