The Biodiversity Gain Site Register (Financial Penalties and Fees) Regulations 2024

Jurisdiction: England & Wales

Commencement: 12th February 2024

Amends: The Biodiversity Gain Site Register Regulations 2024

Mini Summary

The Biodiversity Gain Site Register Regulations 2024 sets out that Natural England must establish a register of biodiversity gain sites. This must be accessible to the public.

Land may be registered as a biodiversity gain site if:

  • work is carried out to conserve or enhance the habitat;
  • the work is carried out in England;
  • the enhancement will be maintained for a minimum of 30 years; and
  • the habitat is monitored to determine the effectiveness of the enhancement.

Each entry must be assigned a unique registration number.


Various duties apply.



Fees and fines are set out in relation to applications to register land on the biodiversity gain site register.


Natural England may impose a fine of up to £5,000 for provision of false or misleading information in connection with an application to register land on the biodiversity gain site register.


A fee must be paid for applications under The Biodiversity Gain Site Register Regulations 2024. The fees for different types of applications are listed in the Schedule.

The fees must be paid by the applicant within 28 days from the date when the application is received by Natural England.

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