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Steps to Obtaining General Wildlife Permits

NOTE: An Application for Wildlife Act Permits must be completed. The information below is specific to the different types of General Wildlife permits and the additional information and documentation required for that particular type of permit.

Dead Wildlife

Live Wildlife

Miscellaneous

Steps to Possess Dead Wildlife for Personal Display

(Permit type 2(p) – Please see Certification of Wildlife Specimen [PDF 114KB] for permit fees.)

Transfer property rights in dead wildlife or wildlife parts from the government to a person

Please note that we can not issue permits for Eagles, Snowy Owl, Badger or any red-listed species and/or if wildlife has an auction value of over $200 for personal display.

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • Location and date wildlife was found
  • How wildlife was killed (e.g. road-killed, predator killed)
  • Intended use of the dead wildlife or wildlife parts
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Certification of Wildlife Specimen form [PDF 114KB] (MUST be original copy)

Steps to Possess Dead Wildlife for Education/Scientific Purposes

(Permit type 2(k)(i) – Applicable fee $55)

Possess and dispose of dead wildlife for scientific or educational purposes

Please note that this type of permit cannot be issued to an individual - please refer to code 2(p)

This permit does NOT confer full ownership of the wildlife or wildlife parts.

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

For New Applications:

  • Name of organization or institution
  • Specific individual named as responsible for contact and maintaining inventory
  • Detailed description of the nature/quantity of the wildlife parts (non-federal species only)
  • Intended use of the wildlife or wildlife parts
  • Information about how the wildlife was killed (date, location, hunter #, species tag)
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Letter on official letterhead from originating/sponsoring scientific or educational agency or institution
  • Certification of Wildlife Specimen form [PDF 114KB] or other documentation proving lawful ownership for each animal

For Renewal Applications:

  • Details of any changes to previous permit
  • Certification of Wildlife Specimen Form [PDF 114KB] or other documentation proving lawful ownership for each new animal (non-federal species only) added to inventory
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Current up-to-date inventory of dead wildlife or wildlife parts

Steps to Possess Dead Wildlife for Ceremonial Purposes

(Permit type 2(k)(ii) – Applicable fee $0)

Possess and dispose of dead wildlife or wildlife parts for ceremonial or societal purposes

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

Please note that this permit does NOT confer full ownership of the wildlife or wildlife parts

  • Detailed description of the nature and quantity of the wildlife parts
  • Intended use of the wildlife parts
  • Information about how the wildlife was killed (if applicable)
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Certification of Wildlife Specimen Form (MUST be original copy) [PDF 114KB]

Steps to Possess Dead Wildlife for Sustenance

(Permit type 2(w) – Applicable fee $0)

Authorizing a food bank or similar non-profit organization to possess and distribute game meat to persons in need of sustenance

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • Name of institution/non-profit organization
  • Program co-ordinator
  • Nature of the meat and its approximate quantity
  • Source of the game meat, including donor's hunter number, if applicable

(Permit type 2(v) – Applicable fee $0)

If you come across dead wildlife or a part of any wildlife and you wish to acquire it from the government, you must immediately contact the nearest regional Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations office to set up an appointment to have a Certification of Wildlife Specimen form [PDF] completed by a qualified ministry employee (e.g. wildlife biologist, wildlife technician).

The Certification of Wildlife Specimen form must be forwarded to FrontCounter BC along with a General Permit Application [PDF 35KB] and the applicable permit fees. Please refer to the Certification of Species Identification form for fees

Steps to Possess Live Wildlife (Raptors) for Falconry

Applicants must apply for a Permit to Possess Live Wildlife in order to keep a Falcon for Falconry purposes. Additionally, applicants will need to apply for another Permit to Capture Live Wildlife if they intend to capture a wild Falcon for Falconry purposes.

A person must be able to prove that they have possessed Class II Raptors for at least 24 months before being eligible to possess Class I Raptors. If a person held a possession permit for falconry outside of British Columbia the person must be able to prove that they possessed Class II Raptors for a 24 month Period. This only applies to wild Class I Raptors; Captive-bred raptors are deemed Class II.

  1. Class I Raptors are:
    1. Peregrine Falcons;
    2. Gyrfalcons;
    3. Ferruginous Hawks; and
    4. Northern Hawk Owls
  2. Class II Raptors are:
    1. Northern Goshawks
    2. Cooper's Hawks;
    3. Sharp-shinned Hawks;
    4. Red-Tailed Hawks;
    5. Prairie Falcons;
    6. Merlins;
    7. American Kestrels;
    8. Legally imported species and their captive-bred progeny (Saker Falcon, Lanner Falcon, and Harris Hawk);
    9. Seamless banded, captive-bred Gyrfalcons and Peregrine Falcons; and
    10. Hybrids of any of the above (a to i)

NOTE: A Raptor Report Form must be submitted annually to report on all raptorial birds, including birds that died; escaped; were traded, sold or given away; were received or captured; were raised in captivity; and those that are still held excluding any which are held in loan temporarily for the Fiscal Year.

Steps to Possess Live Wildlife Where Wildlife Will Not Be on Public Display

Not for use with wildlife rehabilitation - please refer to code 2(t).
Persons cannot possess live wildlife to keep as pets.

(Permit type 2(j) – Applicable fee $55/year)

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

For New Applications:

  • Name of the regional representative that inspected the facilities or mews
  • Date facilities or mews were inspected
  • Number, age and gender of wildlife currently in possession (non-federal species only)
  • Name, address and telephone number of the proposed supplier of the wildlife
  • Proposed use of the wildlife

For Renewal Applications:

  • Details of any changes to previous permit (e.g. address change, new location for mews or facilities, etc.)
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Reporting requirements as per previous permit (e.g. raptor report, up-to-date inventory of animals)

Steps to Possess Live Wildlife Where Wildlife Will be on Public Display or for Other Commercial Purposes

(Permit type 2(j) – Applicable fee $130/year)

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

For New Applications:

  • Proof that facilities/mews have been inspected and passed by Ministry personnel
  • Number, age and gender of wildlife currently in possession (non-federal species only)
  • Description of any bands, tags or tattoos on the wildlife
  • Name, address and telephone number of the proposed supplier of the wildlife
  • Proposed use of the wildlife (e.g. pest control, breeding, selling, movie industry)
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Proof of minimum $1 million in public liability & property damage insurance (zoos)
  • Public Safety Plan [PDF 103KB]

For Renewal Applications:

  • Details of any changes to previous permit (e.g. address change, new location for mews or facilities, etc.)
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Reporting requirements as per previous permit (e.g. raptor report, up-to-date inventory of animals)
  • Proof of minimum $1 million in public liability & property damage insurance (zoos)
  • Public Safety Plan [PDF 103KB] (can be a copy of previously submitted one provided there are no changes)

Steps to Possess Live Wildlife for Rehabilitation Facilities

(Permit type 2 (t) – Applicable fee $0)

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

For New Applications:

  • Mark on rehabilitation exam (must be 80% or higher)
  • Proof that facilities have been inspected and passed by Ministry personnel
  • Evidence that the applicant has the means and facilities necessary to treat wildlife, including the following information:
    • Qualifications of the people who will be working with wildlife at the facility
    • Description of measures that will be taken to prevent wildlife escape
    • Description of euthanasia methods to be used
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Letter of recommendation from a licenced veterinarian, Conservation Officer, or permit holder of a Designated Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, indicating that you have had a minimum of 100 days of experience over a two year period in wildlife rehabilitation
  • Letter from a BC licensed veterinarian reasonably accessible to the proposed facility willing to act as the principle consulting veterinarian
  • Proof of public liability and property damage insurance

For Renewal Applications:

  • Details of any changes to previous permit
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Reporting requirements
  • Proof of public liability and property damage insurance

Steps to Manage Nuisance Wildlife

(Permit type 2(b)(i) crop protection or 2(b)(ii) controlling wildlife populations – Applicable fee $55)

Authorizing a resident to hunt, trap or kill wildlife on his or her own property during the open or closed season, for the purposes of

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • Street address and/or legal description of property where activity will take place
  • Number of individual animals to be hunted, trapped or killed
  • Hunting and/or trapping methods to be used
  • Preventative measures currently in place to deter wildlife
  • Compelling reasons as to why this permit is required
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Reporting requirements (if applicable)

On property other than your own, for management of problem wildlife

(Permit type 2(c)(iii) – Applicable fee $110)

  • List of nuisance wildlife to be hunted, trapped or killed
  • Location (specific) in which activity will occur
  • Professional qualifications of all staff/employees/contractors involved
  • Hunting / trapping methods proposed
  • Disposition of wildlife trapped/killed
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Reporting requirements (if applicable)

Steps to Hunt/Trap/Kill Wildlife for Research/Scientific Purposes

(Permit type 2(c)(i) or 2(c)(ii) – Applicable fee $110)

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • Location (specific M.U. and area within the M.U.)
  • Name of sponsoring scientific organization
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Detailed project proposal (objectives of project complete with deliverables, qualifications (professional) of all staff/employees/contractors involved, RISC standards, proposed methods to be used)
  • BC Animal Care Form [DOCX 69KB](if handling wildlife)
  • Salvage Permit Information Checklist [PDF 60KB]
  • Map of location
  • Reporting requirements (if applicable)

Important information

If working in and about a stream, it may be necessary to also apply for BC Water Act approval.

When and how to apply for BC Water Act approval for works in or about
a stream is available here.

Steps to Capture Live Wildlife (used for falconry & zoos)

For other usage please refer to 2(b) or 2(c)

(Permit type 2(h) – Applicable pre-capture fee $110/yr.)

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • Valid possession permit number (if applicable)
  • Number, age and gender of wildlife to be captured
  • Location(s) of the proposed capture
  • Proposed methods of capture, transportation, containment & feeding
  • Proposed use of the wildlife
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • BC Animal Care Form [DOCX 69KB] (not required for falconry)
  • Reporting requirements (if applicable)
  • Map (primary, secondary and alternate capture locations proposed)

Steps to Transport Live Wildlife within B.C.

Not for use with nuisance or problem animals

(Permit type 2(m) – Applicable fee $55/yr.)

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • Valid possession permit number (if applicable)
  • Number, age and gender of the wildlife
  • Description of any bands, tags, tattoos or other markings on the wildlife
  • Address of the proposed destination of the wildlife
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Public Safety Plan [PDF 103KB]

Steps to Operate a Game Bird Club

Not for use with migratory birds

(Permit type 2(r) – Applicable fee $130/yr.)

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

For New Applications:

  • Description of the boundaries of the proposed game club (e.g. Plan number, lot number, etc.)
  • Game club name
  • Species of birds, age, sex to be released
  • Letter of permission from all landowners
  • Civic address of all landowners giving permission

For Renewal Applications:

  • Details of any changes to previous permit
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Reporting requirements

Steps to Release Wildlife from Captivity

Not for use with nuisance or problem wildlife

(Permit type 2(o) – Applicable fees $55)

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • Detailed history on captured wildlife being released (date of capture, location of capture, etc.)
  • Number, age and gender of the wildlife to be released
  • Description of any bands, tags or tattoos on the wildlife
  • Proposed location for release
  • Supporting documentation from registered professional biologist regarding release site
  • Valid possession permit number

Steps for Special Motor Vehicle Access

(Permit type 3(2)(a) or (b) – Applicable fee $55/yr) – This permit is only available in special circumstances.

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • Location (specific M.U. and area within the M.U.)
  • Time when use will occur
  • Type of motor vehicle (make, model, licence number) to be used
  • Project proposal
  • Documentation to be attached to application:
  • Map of location

Steps for Unlicenced Angling by Minors and/or Disabled Persons

(Permit type 2(s) – Applicable fee $0)

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • Name of institution/non-profit organization
  • Contact person
  • Address and phone number
  • Dates fishing program will be undertaken

Documentation to be attached to application:

Steps to Possess, Take or Destroy Bird Nest and/or Egg

(Permit type 3(1)(d)(i),(ii) or (iii) – Applicable fee $55) – This permit is only available in special circumstances

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • Location of the nest (please use street address or legal description of the property)
  • Species of bird whose nest is to be removed or destroyed
  • Number of nests to be removed or destroyed
  • Compelling reason why the nest must be moved or destroyed or explanation of why the proposed activity is in the public interest.

Steps for Beaver Dam Removal

(Permit type 3(1)(a) – Applicable fee $55/yr.)

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • Description of the problems being caused by the dams or lodges
  • Removal method to be used
  • Location of dam (civic location)
  • Map of location

IMPORTANT NOTE: Permit holder MUST submit a Notification under Section 11 of the Water Sustainability Act to the Regional Ministry of Environment office prior to the removal of any dam. This notification can be accessed by going to http://www.frontcounterbc.ca/guides/water/changes-in-about-stream/overview/

Documentation to prove ownership in dead wildlife or parts of wildlife has been lost or destroyed Permit/h3>

(Permit type 2(y) – Applicable fee $30)

Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application:

  • I, (Full Legal Name), am the lawful owner of the wildlife and am applying for a 2 (y) permit under the Wildlife Act Permit Regulations as per my attached signed statement stated before me at (location) on (date).

The General Permit Application must be accompanied by a Signed Statement. Ensure the following information is on the form:

(Signed Statement; Applicable fee $10)

  • I, (Full Legal Name), am the lawful owner of the following wildlife and that section 2(2) or 2(3) of the Wildlife Act applies to the wildlife
  • Indicate documentation to prove ownership has been lost/misplaced; stolen; accidentally destroyed; describe other reason
  • Legal name, address and date of birth of the hunter if known
  • The approximate year the wildlife was hunted or trapped
  • The region where the wildlife was hunted or trapped
  • A detailed description of the wildlife