When does this new licensing regime come into effect, and what is meant by interim?

The relevant legislation and licence requirement will come into effect on 31st May 2021.

The reason the license is only interim is because of lobbying by BASC and others. The primary reason for a licence is because many of the EPSs have not been assessed. The licence covers the government whilst the assessments are taking place. Setting a sunset clause on the legislation means the government have ben set a deadline.

Therefore, this legislation will cease to exist in 4 years’ time on 30th May 2025.

There is a further requirement that before 30th May 2024, the Secretary of State must carry out a review on the progress, and in line with Defra’s approach the general licence itself will be renewed annually.

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