1.7 Applications, returns, reports and renewals Application forms need to be completed for the various types of licence and for licence extensions. If you have already had a licence, this can be renewed periodically, provided that you have observed its conditions and reported on your activities. Application forms for standard licences are available from the SNCO’s Licensing Section. They should be completed by the applicant and countersigned by a trainer. However, if an applicant is unable to contact a licensed trainer, the names and addresses of two experienced bat-licence holders who are prepared to act as referees maybe provided instead. It is a condition of all licences that appropriate returns are made stating what licensed activities have been carried out. Where separate reports of bat roost visits have been submitted, this information should not be duplicated on licence returns. A statement of licensed activities carried out is required, so that some assessment of licensed disturbance can be made and the data can be used to further the conservation of bats. Numbers of bats recorded or other information on return forms maybe used by the conservation organisations to monitor the status of bats or the value of individual sites. If an exact renewal of a licence is required on its expiry, this should be requested on the licence return form. If a licence, which is not an exact renewal of a previous licence but includes some additional features, is required, a licence application form should be submitted. This should be accompanied where appropriate by a statement of 1.6 TRAINERS AND TRAINING 17 the training received or experience gained in the previous year and should be signed by a trainer. Advice on all aspects of licensing can be obtained from the appropriate SNCO Licensing Section.