U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Eagle Permit Process

Introduction: Applying for an Eagle or Eagle Nest Take Permit

Federal regulations, 50 CFR 22.26 and 22.27 published in November 2009, established the authority to issue permits allowing eagle take and eagle nest take, as follows:

50 CFR 22.26 governs the issuance of permits to take bald eagles and golden eagles where the take is associated with, but not the purpose of, the activity and cannot practicably be avoided.  Most take authorized under this section will be in the form of disturbance, however permits may authorize non-purposeful take that may result in mortality. 

50 CFR 22.27 has established authority to issue permits for removing eagle nests where:

  1. necessary to alleviate a safety emergency to people or eagles
  2. necessary to ensure public health and safety
  3. the nest prevents the use of a human-engineered structure  or
  4. the activity or mitigation for the activity will provide a net benefit to eagles

Your first responsibility is to avoid disturbance/impact of eagles and their nests.  Note: Only inactive nests may be taken, except in the case of safety emergencies. To use this website most effectively, we recommend that you read the Bald Eagle Natural History and Sensitivity document and the National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines. 

To determine if your proposed activity or project might require a permit follow this link to START THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Below are relevant documents that will help you understand the new Eagle Permit process:

Starting the Application Process: Do you need a Permit?

This guidance will:

  • Help you evaluate the effects of your activity on eagles or their nests
  • Provide you with recommendations on how to avoid or minimize disturbance
  • Determine if you need to apply for a permit

Please Note!  Eagles are unlikely to be disturbed by routine use of roads, homes, or other facilities where such use was present before an eagle pair successfully nested in a given area.  This guidance is specifically for new or intermittent activities. The guidance on this website is specific to Alaska and in conformance with the National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines.

The process is different for bald and golden eagles.  If your activity occurs near bald eagles or their nests visit our Permits to Take Bald Eagles or their Nests web site.

If your project may affect golden eagles or their nests, please contact the Permit Office at: permitsR7MB@fws.gov or 907-786-3685

Applications and Fee Schedules

(50 CFR Parts 22.26 and 22.27)

Prior to completing an application, review the Alaska Region Eagle Take permit website

To complete your application be prepared to:

  • Identify the specific activities that will result in take
  • Quantify impacts to eagles
  • Develop and document avoidance and minimization procedures
  • Develop a monitoring and reporting program
  • Design a mitigation program
  • Consider other applicable laws and regulations
  • Submit application processing fee

Some of these elements may require multi-year, pre- and post-project studies or surveys.

Applications

Under 50 CFR 22.26, the following application is available:
Eagle Take – Necessary to Protect Interests in a Particular Locality (Form 3-200-71)

Under 50 CFR 22.27, the following application is available:
Eagle Nest Take (Form 3-200-72):

 

Fees

Eagle Take & Eagle Nest Take Standard Permit $500 
Eagle Take & Eagle Nest Take Standard Permit Amendment $150
Eagle Take & Eagle Nest Take Programmatic $1000
Eagle Take & Eagle Nest Take Programmatic Amendment $500

 

Processing Times

Depending on the complexity of the project, the processing time could be anywhere from two to twenty-four months to complete.

Annual Reports

To document activities related to this permit, an annual report is required by USFWS:
Eagle Take – Necessary to Protect Interests in a Particular Locality (Form 3-202-15):  
Eagle Nest Take (Form 3-202-16):

Please mail your application (to include original signatures in blue ink, any associated documents and payment in the form of a check made out to US Fish and Wildlife Service to:

US Fish and Wildlife Service
Migratory Bird Managment Permit Office
1011 East Tudor Road, MS-201
Anchorage, Alaska 99507