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 depending on the legislation under which a particular species is protected. Scottish Natural Heritage is responsible for almost all species licensing in Scotland with the exception of seal licensing, and some areas of whale and dolphin licensing and fisheries, all of which are dealt with by Marine Scotland .
Applying for a licence
Depending on what you want to do you can follow the links below for more information, consult our guidance list or find an application form. Licence applications and supporting documentation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to speak to a licensing officer you can call our licensing helpline on 01463 725364. It might also be worth checking out our list of frequently asked questions.
If you currently hold a licence which you wish to renew and have submitted a return for this licence, or if you wish to amend your licence you can:
- telephone 01463 725364 (please make sure you have your licence number to hand); or
- email email@example.com putting your licence number in the subject.
Licensing turnaround times
The current average turnaround time for application is 11.54 days (average of November 2015 to January 2016 inclusive). Please note that this figure varies depending on the type of application and individual turnaround times are also highly dependent on the quality of the application forms and supporting documentation submitted. We intend to produce a more detailed breakdown of turnaround times for different licence types shortly.
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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