General Licences - Scotland

General licences in Scotland are currently issued by NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage). You don’t need to apply to use a general licence, but you are required by law to abide by their terms and conditions.

What you need to know

The 2021 general licences are broadly similar to those issued in 2020, with no changes to target species. 

There is a requirement to comply with standing conditions when using general licences over certain special protected areas and special areas of conservation.

All traps must also be registered with NatureScot – not Police Scotland. You can register your traps here

What is BASC doing?

BASC work closely with NatureScot to ensure current and future licences are fit for purpose. We regularly meet with representatives from NatureScot and the Scottish Government to make the views of the BASC membership known.

For further information on Scottish general licences, please call: 01350 723 226.

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