BS 42020:2013 Biodiversity. Code of practice for planning and development

BS 42020:2013

Biodiversity. Code of practice for planning and development

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : August 2013



What is this standard about?

BS 42020 offers a coherent methodology for biodiversity management. It aims to play a vital role in helping to protect and enhance biodiversity in the UK.

Who is this standard for? 

  • Ecology professionals
  • Land use planners
  • Land managers and surveyors
  • Architects, civil engineers, building and construction industry
  • Landscape architects
  • Forestry, arboriculture industries

Why should you use this standard? 

The UK commitment to halt overall loss of biodiversity by 2020 in line with the European Biodiversity Strategy and UN Aichi targets, is being passed down to local authorities to implement, mainly through planning policy. 

BS 42020 looks to promote transparency and consistency in the quality and appropriateness of ecological information submitted with planning applications and applications for other regulatory approvals. It gives guidance on how to produce clear and concise ecological information, gives recommendations on issues such as professional ethics and provides a framework to demonstrate how biodiversity has been managed. 

The standard is intended to assist those concerned with ecological issues as they arise through the planning process. It will also help in matters relating to consented development and activities involved in the management and use of land outside the scope of land use planning, which could have site specific ecological implications.

We’ve also developed a smart guide that provides an introduction to the benefits of BS 42020 and how you can use the standard to make sound decisions on biodiversity issues.

Standard NumberBS 42020:2013
TitleBiodiversity. Code of practice for planning and development
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 August 2013
Confirm Date21 September 2018
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)CIRIA (2011) C 691, RIBA Plan of Work 2013
Informative References(Provided for Information)The Eels (England and Wales) Regulations 2009, The Protection of Badgers Act 1992, Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, The Town and Country Planning (General Development, The Forestry Act 1967, BS 5837, BS EN ISO 14001, (Northern Ireland) Order 1985, Procedure) Order 1995, Assessment) (England and Wales) 1999, 85/337/EEC, The Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, (Northern Ireland) 1995, The Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (Northern, The Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, PAS 2010, The Hedgerow Regulations 1997, The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, The Fish Passage Regulations, The Town and Country Planning Act 1990, 92/43/EEC, The Local Government Act 2000, The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act, The Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011, The Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 2011, The Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975, The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact, The Nature Conservation and Amenity Lands, Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, The Planning (Environmental Impact
Draft Superseded By12/30258703 DC
DescriptorsNature conservation, Inspectorates, Inspection, Personnel, Conformity, Quality control, Ecology, Capability approval, Quality auditing, Construction works, Approved organizations, Approval organizations, Organizations, Calibration, Environmental engineering, Certification (approval), Physical planning, Assessed quality, Testing organizations, Acceptance (approval)
ISBN978 0 580 77917 6
File Size493 KB

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