Data search charges & response times

Standard charges

These charges apply to commercial companies and governmental bodies. They also apply to individual householders or landowners using the data for development purposes (e.g. bat records for a planning application). Please note we do not supply formal quotes to be included in quotes for project tendering. For such cases please use these guidelines, use our data request cost calculator or call us for a quick informal idea of the cost.

Our charges are carefully set at a rate to ensure we can continue to provide a service now and into the future for the benefit of our environment.

The standard charges are set out in the table below. If you require different information, this will be charged at a rate of £110 per hour. We will give you a written quotation before we proceed with any work. Although we hold bat and badger data we will also direct enquirers to the local bat and badger groups who hold largely different data. They may also charge for data. We will also supply contact details for some ornithological societies and for a few searches we may direct enquirers to other relevant data holders depending on location.

Where the data is required in GIS format for a large geographic area (search areas greater than a 10km square or 1000ha, or a 5km buffer around a site), a data licence can be provided. See our data licence charges page.

Standard charges for data searches (excluding VAT)

Single species or bats


Protected, notable and invasive (P,N&I) species up to 2km site buffer


P,N&I species and sites up to 1km site buffer


P,N&I species and sites up to 2km site buffer


P,N&I species up to 2km, sites and habitats 1km site buffer


P,N&I species up to 2km, sites and habitats 2km site buffer


Additional data requirements will be charged at a rate of £110 per hour (minimum cost £55)


Reduced rate

A reduced rate of £55 per hour applies in the following situations:

  • For landowners requiring data for landholdings of more than a single site, and where the data will be used solely for conservation purposes (e.g. Farm Environment Plans).
  • For Parish and Town Councils using TVERC data for Parish Plans, Community-Led Plans or Neighbourhood Development Plans.
  • Funding partners (and contractors working on their behalf) who have signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

Fee waived

We are able to waive the fees in the following circumstances:

  • Charges will be waived where there are no records within the requested search area.
  • Charges will be waived for data searches for individuals, landowners and organisations where the data will be used solely for conservation or research purposes AND where the search relates to a single site (e.g. a Local Wildlife Site). In these cases, a donation of £30 per hour will be invited, to cover the costs of extracting and presenting the data. This does not include private individuals making requests related to proposed development on their own land.

Response time

  • We will usually process a request within 24 hours, and send you a quote which needs to be signed and returned, after which we email you a report within 10 working days. Standard searches can be completed without requiring a quote to be returned, so after receiving the completed online form we email you a report within 10 working days.
  • Searches required within 1-3 working days will receive a 100% surcharge.
  • Searches required within 4-6 days will receive a 50% surcharge
  • You should allow up to four weeks from the date of return of a signed quotation for searches where we have waived the fee.

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