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Answering your species licensing queries

Some common queries answered

Have you got a licensing related query?  Before getting in touch with our licensing team, please view this list of frequently asked questions. 

1.   How do I apply for a licence?

Not all of our licences require a licence application form to be submitted.  Please see the relevant species licensing page for details of when a form is required, and if not how you can apply for a licence for what you require.  You can also see our licence application forms page of the website.   Completed licence applications should be sent to

2. Do SNH require a licence application with signature and a hard copy in the post?

We no longer require hard copy licence application forms to be sent.  Completed licence applications and supporting information should be emailed to by the licence holder as named on the licence application.   If the application is not submitted by the licence holder, their electronic signature should be put on the application form and they should be copied in to the submission email.

3. How much does a licence application cost?

There is no cost to apply for and be issued with a licence from SNH. If you require professional or specialised help, such as an ecologist or licensed bat worker, this will have a cost.

4. How long will it take to receive my licence?

We aim to assess all applications as quickly as we can. On receipt we will acknowledge your application by email and will then consider it as soon as we can.   Please refer to the main species licensing page for our current average turnaround time.   When ready, your licence will be emailed to you.

 5. How do I amend or renew my licence?

If you wish to renew or amend your licence you can telephone 01463 725364 (please make sure you have your licence number to hand) or email putting your licence number in the subject.

6. How do I add additional persons to my licence?

Email the names and addresses of the people you wish to add to your licence to , indicating if they are to be an 'agent' (can operate independently of the licence holder) or an 'assistant' (can work alongside the licence holder). Some licences permit you to appoint assistants and agents without the need to have them named on your licence, so please check your licence conditions.  Please note that the licence holder is ultimately responsible for the actions of agents or assistants. 

7. How do I submit a licence return?

It is a condition of each licence that a return is submitted. Please refer to your licence for the relevant return information required and send to clearly stating your name and licence number in the subject.  If your licence requires you to complete a return form it will be found on the return forms and guidance page of the website.

8. Do I need to apply for a general licence for birds?

No, general licences for birds avoid the need for people to apply for individual licences. To use a general licence you must understand the licence, ensure you are using the licence for the correct reason and abide by all the listed conditions. Abuse or failure to comply with the conditions could constitute an offence. Please note some general licences require a licence return. See our general licensing for birds page for more information.

Any other queries? Please get in touch with the SNH licensing team - or phone our licensing enquiry line on 01463 725364.