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