A licence allows somebody to carry out an action in relation to a protected species that might otherwise be against the law. Follow the links below to find out more about licensing for different types of plant and animal.
Licences can only be issued for specific purposes . Following the introduction of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011, Scottish Natural Heritage is now responsible for all wildlife licensing in Scotland (with the exception of licensing for seals and some areas of licensing for whales and dolphins).
Note: Amendments have been made to the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 which came into force on 1 January 2013. This Act regulates procedures that are carried out on certain animals for scientific research that may cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm. Thus, you may need a licence under this 1986 Act in addition to a protected species licence if your proposal is likely to cause pain, etc..
Licence applications and supporting documentation should be emailed to email@example.com.
Current average turnaround time is 14 days.
Renewals and amendments
Attention all current licence holders!
It is your responsibility to remember to renew your licence. It will not automatically be renewed each year. Therefore, if you currently hold a licence which you wish to renew and have submitted a return for this licence, or you wish to amend your licence you can:
- telephone 01463 725364 (please make sure you have your licence number to hand); or
- email firstname.lastname@example.org putting your licence number in the subject.
Common queries have been answered in our list of frequently asked questions .
If your query isn't answered here you can speak to a licensing officer via our general enquiries line on 01463 725364 or email email@example.com.
If you have a query in relation to bats in your house which is not related to development, please telephone our Bats in Houses helpline on 01463 725165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several of our plants and fungi are protected. Find out what needs a licence and how to apply for one.
A number of mammals from bats to water voles are protected. Find out what needs a licence and how to apply for one.
Find information on when you need an authorisation to cull deer, the 'Fit and Competent Register', venison dealer returns and statutory returns
Most of our amphibians and reptiles are protected. Find out what needs a licence and how to apply for one.
All wild birds are protected. Find out what needs a licence and how to apply for one.
A few of our fish are protected. Find out what needs a licence and how to apply for one.
Several invertebrate species are protected. Find out what needs a licence and how to apply for one.
Find information on the licensing of muirburn out of season.
Certain animals and plants in Scotland are given strict protection as European Protected Species. Find out more about licensing and these species.
Use our A-Z list to find guidance and information on a particular species.
Licence application forms, return forms, renewals, guidance notes and licensing information.
What is new in licensing ?
Information on non-native species licensing
Have you got a licensing related query? Try our FAQs.
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