What to include in your application for a protected species licence

You must apply for a licence if you’re doing any activity that affects a protected species.

This includes:

  • disturbing, trapping or handling protected species
  • damaging their habitats, for example by restoring a pond or building a housing development

When you need to apply for a protected species licence

You may need a licence to carry out certain activities.

Find out if you need to apply for a protected species licence.

What to include in your application

You will need to employ an ecologist to complete the protected species application form.

Your application will need to include:

  • a method statement template
  • a location map (ideally 1:25,000 scale) showing the area where the problem is occurring 
  • details of any accredited agents
  • a species survey report
  • evidence to support the purpose of the work
  • copies of any permissions or consents associated with the application
  • any relevant correspondence if the work falls within or near a designated site
  • a Habitat Regulations Assessment, if applicable
  • information about the protected species in your application

Apply for a protected species licence

Apply for the following protected species licence:

Survey and conservation licence

Anyone undertaking a survey that may disturb a protected species will need to hold a survey and conservation licence from us.

You can carry out some surveys such as bat detector surveys without a licence.

Apply for a survey and conservation licence

Possess, transport, sell or exchange a protected species

You also need a licence to own, transport, sell or exchange a protected species

Contact us

You can contact us for help at any time during your licence application.

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