2. Bat and Bird Surveys
If you find bats or nesting birds - stop work immediately and contact a bat/bird expert
Planning applications and other building works
Bats and nesting birds are the types of wildlife most likely to be affected by development or demolition of existing buildings. The following notes explain their legal protection, when you may need to get a survey and who can do the survey for you. Your bat/bird consultant will assess the site for the likelihood of bats/birds being present and either complete a survey or alternatively provide a letter if no evidence of bats has been found.
You will need to submit the survey or letter with your planning application. More information about when to employ a bat consultant is in our Planning Validation Guide which sets out the documentation required to make a valid application.
Householder planning applications only
The Bat Survey Flow Chart for householders will help you decide if a bat survey will need to be submitted with your householder planning application or before you commence any other building works that do not require planning permission
A bat survey is not required within the following heavily built up areas.