Southeast Region Eagle Permit Program
Chief, Migratory Bird Program
Welcome to the Southeast Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Permit Program Website. Bald eagles and golden eagles and their nests are protected from take, including disturbance, under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Some activities and projects are eligible for federal permits under the law (Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, 50 CFR Part 22). The first two permit types, 22.26 and 22.27, became available in November 2009. The other five types of permits, known as 22.21 through 22.25, have been available for years and are unchanged.
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.
***Instructions and application information for eagle permits associated with development or other activities are available at the links below. ***
- 22.26 Eagle take associated with, but not the purpose of an activity
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.
22.26- Application Form
22.26 - Annual Report Form
- 22.27 Removal of eagle nest
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.
Other Permits Available under 50 CFR Part 22
- 22.21 Scientific Exhibition (pdf)
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.
22.21- Application Form
- 22.22 Indian Religious Eagle Parts for Native American Religious Purposes (pdf)
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
- 22.23 Eagle Depredation (pdf)
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
- 22.24 Golden eagle falconry (pdf)
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
- 22.25 Golden eagle nest interfering with resource development or recovery (pdf)
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