European protected species: apply for a licence to possess them

Apply for a licence to possess European protected species and Habitats Directive (annexes II(b) and IV) species for science and education.


Application for a licence to possess European protected species (A37)

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You need a licence to possess European protected species, or species listed under Habitats Directive, annexes II(b) and IV. You can only get a licence for scientific or educational purposes.

Licences are free. Allow up to 30 working days for a licensing decision to be made.

Species listed under annex IV of the Habitats Directive

You need a licence to possess annex IV specimens. The licence you need will depend on when the species was taken and what type of specimen it is.

Use licence A37 (the application form is available on this page) for:

  • animal specimens taken after 21 August 2007
  • plant specimens taken at any date

Use class licence CL06 for animal specimens taken before 21 August 2007.

Published 28 February 2014
Last updated 17 July 2015 + show all updates
  1. Replaced application form with revised interactive PDF version.
  2. First published.