Welcome to the Bald and Golden Eagle Permit Program Website. Bald and golden eagles and their nests are protected from take, including disturbance, under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
To assist in navigating this website, we have definitions throughout that are identified by words highlighted in bold, blue and italicized font. For further clarification of these words, click on these fonts to get to our definition page. Links to other websites, or to more in-depth descriptions, can be found where words are highlighted in blue font or they could be found in the Navigation area to the left of your screen.
This Eagle Permit Program website will help you:
- Determine if your proposed activity or project may risk the take of eagles.
- Use USFWS guidelines and recommendations to avoid and minimize negative impacts to eagles.
- Determine if your proposed project or activity may require a permit from USFWS, even after avoidance and minimization procedures are in place.
- Link to other important information about bald and golden eagles and the federal law that protects them (please see the Left Navigation area for more information)
Some activities and projects are eligible for federal permits under the law (Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, 50 CFR Part 22). The first five types of permits, known as 22.21 through 22.25, listed below have been available for years and are unchanged. The last two, 22.26 and 22.27, became available in November 2009.
Please check back to this website often as our Take Permit Program for permits 22.26 and 22.27 is evolving. Changes to the program and updates to the website will be posted as the Service develops additional guidance and policies related to eagle take.
Permits Available under 50 CFR Part 22
An International Transport for Scientific or Exhibition Purposes Permit is required for the export, reimport, or transport of bald or golden eagle parts from or to the United States for scientific or educational exhibition purposes. A permit application is available at: 3-200-69
The National Eagle Repository was established as a central clearinghouse to collect and distribute eagle parts. To request eagles, parts and feathers for Native American religious purposes from the National Eagle Repository for the first time you must complete two forms – both available at 3-200-15a
An Eagle Depredation Permit is required to take or disturb bald or golden eagles that have become injurious to wildlife, agriculture or other personal property, or human health or safety. A permit application is available at: 3-200-16
An Eagle Falconry Permit is required to possess and transport eagles for falconry purposes. Only golden eagles may be possessed for falconry. A permit application is available at: 3-200-17
A Take of Golden Eagle Nests Permit is available only to parties engaged in a resource development or recovery operation and only when nests are inactive. A permit application is available at: 3-200-18
***Instructions and application information for eagle permits associated with development or other activity are available at the links below.***
This permit authorizes take of live bald and golden eagles and their eggs, where the take is associated with, but not the purpose of some human activity or project, and where take cannot practicably be avoided. Authorization is subject to conditions
This permit authorizes removal or relocation of an eagle nest in certain instances, including an active or inactive nest where necessary to alleviate a safety emergency; an inactive nest when the removal is necessary to ensure public health and safety; an inactive nest that is built on a human-engineered structure and creates a functional hazard that renders the structure inoperable; or an inactive nest in certain other instances where the take or the mitigation for the take will provide a clear and substantial benefit to eagles.