Steps land managers can take to sell biodiversity units
andto meet their biodiversity net gain (BNG) requirements.
Applies to England
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We use ‘land manager’ to refer to these different roles across our biodiversity net gain (BNG) guidance:
- estate owner
- habitat bank operator
- facilities, property or estate manager
- land agent
- land advisor
- planning authority using land they own
- developer using land they own
You can sell biodiversity units to developers on:
- land you own
- a landowner’s land with their permission
This is an example order of steps a land manager can follow from beginning to end, but the order of some steps is flexible.
1. Find out about BNG
2. Explore your options
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3. Prepare to sell your biodiversity units
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4. Sell your units
Find out how to sell your units.
5. Register your units and record the allocation of your units to a developer
- apply to register your site as a biodiversity gain site
- record the allocation of off-site units to a development
You can register your gain site:
- before recording the allocation of units to a developer, or
- at the same time you record the allocation
You can register your gain site and allocate units to a developer:
- before you sell your units
- at the same time as you sell your units
- after you sell your units
6. Manage the habitat for at least 30 years
Off-site units must be maintained for at least 30 years following the completion of habitat enhancement works, as defined in your legal agreement.
If habitat creation, enhancement and management work has not started by the time you record the allocation of off-site units, this should start within 12 months of allocation.
Updated box at top of page to state that biodiversity net gain (BNG) is mandatory from 12 February 2024 and removed the ‘draft guidance’ label.