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Protected species licence for science, education or conservation (A29)

Apply for a licence to kill, take, disturb or possess a protected species for survey, research or conservation work.

Documents

Licence application form A29

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Report actions taken under this licence (LR29)

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Water voles only: use this method statement template to support your licence application

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Details

This licence allows you to kill, take, disturb or possess a protected species when you carry out:

  • surveys
  • research for scientific or educational purposes
  • conservation work

Protected species are:

For a licence to survey bats or badgers you must use a different application form.

Apply for an A29 licence

Complete these forms:

  • application form A29
  • charge screening form
  • references - where applicable

Before you fill in these forms, you need to download and save them to your computer.

For water voles, you must provide a method statement to support your application.

Send your forms to Natural England using the details on the application forms.

When you need to pay

You may need to pay for a new A29 licence, or to make changes to an existing licence. Natural England will assess your charge form and tell you:

  • if you need to pay
  • how much you’ll pay

You will need to pay for a licence if the main aim of the project is:

  • construction or development
  • filming or photography

You will not need to pay for a licence if the main aim of the project is:

  • science, research or education relating to a protected species or habitat
  • conservation of a protected species or habitat

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
  • cheque

Your invoice will give payment method details.

VAT does not apply to charges for wildlife licences.

You need to include your invoice number with your payment.

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.

Forms for specific species

There are separate forms for:

Give references

You need to give references when you apply for this licence if you:

  • have not held a licence for the species or a similar species for the last 3 years
  • want to use methods that you have not previously had a licence for

Report your actions

You must report any actions you took using this licence on the report form (LR29) on this page.

You must report within 2 weeks of your licence expiring, even if you’ve taken no action.

Send your completed form by post or email to Natural England using the details on the form.

Renew or change your licence

To renew your licence use the report form (LR29).

To make changes to your licence email Natural England.

You may need to pay for renewals and changes. If you applied for your licence before 28 September 2020 you need to fill in a charge screening form.

Published 6 October 2014
Last updated 28 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. From 28 September 2020 you may need to pay for an A29 licence. Added A29 charge screening form and updated A29 licence application form.

  2. Separated licence A29 and A30. You can find A30 at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protected-species-licence-for-survey-research-or-conservation-work-or-to-prevent-damage-to-livestock-a30

  3. Added report forms and replaced application forms with revised, interactive PDF versions.

  4. First published.