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Apply for a licence to keep an invasive alien species

Licence to keep an invasive alien species

To keep or transport a species listed under the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019 you must apply to Natural Resources Wales for a licence, unless they are a companion animal (an animal owned before it was listed as a species of Union concern under EU regulations.)

Download the application form for a licence to keep a species of Union concern.

Download a template for a veterinary inspection of premises.

Keeping and transporting animals

Animals kept by non-commercial owners before the species was first included on the list of species of concern, may keep the animals until the end of their natural lives, without the need for a licence. Owners must prevent the animals breeding and ensure they are securely contained.

To continue to keep or transport animals first kept after the date of inclusion on the list, you will require a licence from us.

Check when the species you own was first listed on Gov.uk.

Before submitting a licence application to keep, premises must be inspected by a vet.

All precautions must be taken to hold animals securely and prevent them from breeding or escaping.

Download the application form for a licence to keep a species of concern

Download a template for a veterinary inspection of premises

Animals in facilities, including welfare centres

Facilities keeping animals of concern will need to apply for a licence.

Applicants will need to have their premises inspected by a vet and submit the inspection report along with their licence application.

Facilities will also need to complete a method statement.

Download the application form for a licence to keep a species of concern

Download a template for a veterinary inspection of premises

Download a template method statement

Contact

Return the completed forms to:

E-mail: specieslicence@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Species Permitting,
Natural Resources Wales,
Maes y Ffynnon,
Penrhosgarnedd,
Bangor
LL57 2DW

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