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Apply for exemption and exemption under species protection law


The aim and task of the protection of species is the preservation of wild animal and plant species, their communities and the protection of their habitats and biotopes. Any act that leads to the impairment, concern or destruction of animal and plant species and their habitats is prohibited under the Law on Nature Conservation and Landscape Conservation (Federal Nature Conservation Act - BNatSchG).

Exemption from the prohibitions on the protection of species may be granted on request if the derogation is compatible with the interests of nature conservation and landscape conservation.

An exemption may be granted on request from the prohibitions on special species protection. The granting of such an exemption in the context of specially and/or strictly protected species concerns the prohibition straining of access

  • catch, injure, kill specially protected species or remove from nature, damage or destroy their forms of development
  • significant disturbance of strictly protected species and European bird species during breeding, rearing, mice, hibernation and migration periods
  • take out of nature, damage or destroy from the reproductive or resting places of the wild animals of the specially protected species
  • remove from nature, damage or destroy wild plants of specially protected species or their forms of development or sites

The aim and task of the protection of species is the preservation of the legally protected animal and plant species as well as the protection of their habitats. You can apply for an exemption and exemption for certain cases.

The responsibility for exemptions in the protection of species lies with the counties or the district-free cities.

The Land Administration Office, which is based in Halle, is responsible for granting exemptions under species protection law as the upper nature conservation authority.

However, the responsibility also lies with the counties or the district-free cities in the following cases:

  • Elbe beaver (Castor fiber albicus),
  • Hornet (Vespa cabro),
  • White stork (Ciconia ciconia),
  • Swallow (Delichon urbica),
  • Wall sailor (Apus apus),
  • Barn owl (Tyto alba),
  • Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
  • Crane (Grus grus),
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus),
  • Swallow (Hirundo rustica),
  • Dohle (Corvus monedula),
  • field hamster (Cricetus cricetus),
  • Bats (Chiroptera),
  • Ants (Formicidae),
  • wild bees (Apoidea) and
  • Orchids (Orchidaceae)

In exceptional cases, an exemption is possible.

The application documents are intended to demonstrate that the conditions for authorisation are met. This includes information on the facts, the implementation period, the intended actions, a justification of the project, but in individual cases sketches, site plans and / or photos are also helpful. In addition, planned compensatory or replacement measures may be mentioned.

Further information on the required documentation can be obtained from the competent nature conservation authority.

Fees apply and depend on the scope of the measure.

The application must be submitted at least 6 weeks before the start of the action. This period is necessary to safeguard the participation rights of recognised nature conservation associations and to hear from other stakeholders and authorities.

The processing time depends on the complexity of the individual case.

Information on the protection status of a species can be found in the Scientific Information System on the International Protectionof Species(WISIA) of the Federal Office for Nature Conservation (BfN) and in the Protection of Species and Biotopes in Saxony-Anhalt.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Energy of Saxony-Anhalt

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