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Apply for exemption and exemption under species protection law


The aim and task of species protection is the preservation of wild animal and plant species, their biotic communities and the protection of their habitats and biotopes. Any action that leads to the impairment, disturbance or destruction of animal and plant species and their habitats is prohibited under the Nature Conservation and Landscape Management Act (Bundesnaturschutzgesetz - BNatSchG).

Exemption from the prohibitions of general species protection may be granted upon application if the deviation is compatible with the interests of nature conservation and landscape management.

From the prohibitions of the special protection of species, an exception can be granted upon application. The granting of such an exception concerns, in connection with specially and/or strictly protected species, the access prohibitions to

  • catching, injuring, killing of specially protected species or taking them from nature, damaging or destroying their development forms
  • significant disturbance of strictly protected species and European bird species during the breeding, rearing, moulting, hibernation and migration periods
  • taking from nature, damaging or destroying from reproductive or resting places of wild animals of the specially protected species
  • taking from nature, damaging or destroying wild plants of the especially protected species or their development forms or locations

The application documents should prove that the requirements for a permit are met. This includes information on the facts of the case, the period of implementation, the intended actions, a justification of the project, but in individual cases sketches, site plans and / or photos are also helpful. Furthermore, planned compensation or replacement measures must be mentioned, if applicable.

Further information on the required documents can be obtained from the responsible nature conservation authority.

Fees apply and are based on the scope of the measure.

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

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

The responsibility for exemptions in general species protection lies with the counties or the independent cities.

The State Administration Office in Halle is responsible for granting exemptions from species protection law. which is located in Halle, is responsible as the upper nature conservation authority.

In the following cases, however, the responsibility also lies with the districts or the independent cities:

  • Elbe beaver (Castor fiber albicus),
  • Hornet (Vespa cabro),
  • White stork (Ciconia ciconia),
  • House Martin (Delichon urbica),
  • Swift (Apus apus),
  • Barn Owl (Tyto alba),
  • Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
  • Crane (Grus grus),
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus),
  • Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica),
  • Jackdaw (Corvus monedula),
  • Field hamster (Cricetus cricetus),
  • Bats (Chiroptera),
  • Ants (Formicidae),
  • wild bees (Apoidea) and
  • orchids (Orchidaceae)

Exemption is possible here for special exceptional cases.

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

Ministry for the Environment, Agriculture and Energy of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

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