Licence to Interfere with or Destroy the Breeding Places of Any Wild Animals

Section 23 (5)(d) of the Wildlife Act 1976 as amended states that any person who wilfully interferes with or destroys the breeding place or resting place of any protected wild animal, shall be guilty of an offence.

This is followed up by Section 23 (7)(c) of the Wildlife Act 1976 as amended which states that:

"while constructing a road or while carrying on any archaeological operation, building operation or work of engineering construction, or while constructing or carrying on such other operation or work as may be prescribed, unintentionally to kill or injure such an animal or unintentionally to destroy or injure the breeding place or resting place of such an animal."

 

However it is permitted to destroy breeding or resting places in certain circumstances under a derogation afforded by Section 23 (7)(iv) which states that:

"nothing in this section shall make unlawful, (iv) anything which is duly done pursuant to a licence or other permission granted or issued pursuant to the Wildlife Acts, 1976 and 2000, or which is duly done pursuant to any other statute or statutory instrument, which is permitted to be done under such a statute or instrument or which is done pursuant to and in accordance with a licence or other permission granted or issued pursuant to such a statute or instrument or anything caused by or which results from, or is consequent upon or the effect of any other act or thing which is lawfully done."

 

Applications for permissions are made to::

Wildlife Licensing Unit,
National Parks and Wildlife Service,
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht,
7 Ely Place,
Dublin 2
 
Email: wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie
Tel: (01) 888 3242