P e r m i t s

Permits for Native Endangered & Threatened Species

The Endangered Species Act, with some exceptions, prohibits activities affecting threatened and endangered species unless authorized by a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations—Fisheries.

Your proposed activity may also require a state permit. You should contact your state wildlife agencies for additional information. Getting a Service permit is contingent upon obtaining any required state permit.

Types of permits

Permits for native endangered or threatened species, issued by the Endangered Species program, are of three basic types:

For more information and points of contact, see our fact sheet entitled "Permits for Native Species Under the Endangered Species Act" (PDF).

The Service’s Endangered Species program issues permits for Arkansas through its Southeast Regional office for native endangered and threatened species, except for import or export permits, which are issued by the Division of Management Authority located at our Headquarters Office in Arlington, Virginia.

Endangered species permits authorize actions that can potentially impact a species’ recovery. Before issuing a permit, we invite public comment on it. Federal Register announcements soliciting public comment on permit applications can be found in the Service's centralized library of Federal Register notices in the “Notices” section of each year.

Comments can now be submitted online at the regulations.gov web site.

Permit application forms for Native Endangered & Threatened Species

Fish and Wildlife Service permit applications are available on the web. The Endangered Species Programs' permit applications are numbered below. Please read the instructions on how to fill out the online forms before accessing the forms. Be aware that there is a processing fee for the permit (refer to permit application).

  • 3-200-54 for Enhancement of Survival Permits Associated with Safe Harbor Agreements and Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances. NOTE: Please do not fill out or submit the application form until you contact our office. We will provide guidance on developing complete and adequate application materials and will determine when the application form and materials are ready for submission.
  • 3-200-55 for Recovery Permits and Interstate Commerce Permits
  • 3-200-56 for Incidental Take Permits Associated with Habitat Conservation Plans. NOTE: Please do not fill out or submit the application form until you contact our office. We will provide guidance on developing complete and adequate application materials and will determine when the application form and materials are ready for submission.

For information on other types of Service permits, please go to the Fish and Wildlife Service Permit Page

Arkansas Field Office
110 S. Amity Road
Suite 300
Conway, AR 72032

501/513 4470 (v)
501/513 4480 (f)

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