Apply for an A34 personal licence
Use form A34 to apply for a personal:
- research licence for scientific projects
- licence for photography or other special projects
To apply for a personal licence you need to include:
- the application form (A34)
- the charge screening form, to find out if you need to pay
- a project plan showing the objectives of the project and why the work is necessary
When you may need to pay
You may need to pay for an A34 licence for certain development work and filming when you apply, renew or amend it. Natural England will assess your charge screening form and tell you:
- if you need to pay
- how much you’ll pay
Read the terms and conditions for paying for a wildlife licence.
When you do not need to pay
You will not pay to apply, renew or amend an A34 licence if it’s for:
- use by a volunteer
- science or education
- ringing or marking bats
- conserving bats
- protecting any zoological collection
How to pay
Natural England will send you an invoice when it approves your application.
You can pay by:
- electronic bank transfer
- debit or credit card by telephone - except American Express
Your invoice will give details for these payment methods.
You need to include the invoice number with your payment so Natural England can match it to your application.
VAT does not apply to charges for wildlife licences.
Natural England accepts purchase orders. If you want Natural England to add a purchase number to your invoice, you must include it in the invoice details in your charge form.
How to request a change to your existing A34 licence
Use report form LR34 on this page to request an amendment to your A34 licence.
You need to complete:
- report form LR34 - give details in Section 3, such as adding species or sites, or changing the project plan
- the charge screening form if the amendment is to a licence applied for before 22 April 2019, to find out if you need to pay
You must quote the licence reference number.
Apply for a Class-A34 licence to visit sites as a volunteer bat roost visitor (VBRV) or carry out surveys
Use form Class A-34 to apply for a:
- level 1 VBRV licence (allows you to do visits for Natural England’s bat advice service)
- level 2 VBRV licence (allows you to train new volunteers towards their level 1 licence)
- bat survey licence for science or education
When applying for your first level 1 VBRV licence you must:
When applying for your first level 2 VBRV licence you must:
- already have a level 1 licence
- already be registered as a Natural England volunteer
- have completed Natural England’s ‘train the trainer’ course
This class licence is free.
You need a different licence to capture, disturb or transport bats, or damage their roosts.
You may need to complete a reference form when you apply for these licences if you:
- have not held a licence for the species or a similar species for the last 3 years
- have a licence but want to add new methods
How to report your actions
You must report any actions you took under an A34 or Class-A34 licence using report form LR34 on this page. Email or post your report to Natural England using the details on the form.
You must report no later than 2 weeks after your licence expires, even if you’ve taken no action.