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Licence application forms

If you already know you need a licence from Scottish Natural Heritage and are familiar with our licensing requirements, you can download an application form from the list of links below.    Application forms and supporting information should be sent to

If there is no application form for what you want to do, please send the following information to

  • your name, address, telephone number;
  • full details of your project/proposal including what you want to do, who will be doing it, where you want to do it and when you want to do it;
  • completed reference forms  Word document   (if this is the first time you have applied for a licence for this activity we will require two references from people who are familiar with your work in this area and who can vouch for your competence in carrying out this type of work).

If you currently hold an equivalent survey licence ie bat survey licence, with Natural England or Natural Resources Wales and wish to apply for a licence from Scottish Natural Heritage, please send an email with the following information to and we will contact the relevant agency for a reference:

  • type of licence you are applying for;
  • name of agency who issued your licence;
  • licence number;
  • your name, address, telephone number.

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 putting your licence number in the subject.

Application forms

Mammals (non deer)





Red Squirrel

Water vole

Pine Marten

Amphibians and invertebrates


Fresh Water Pearl Mussels


Birds - Survey and Photography

Birds  - public health and safety issues and preventing serious damage.