USFWS Permits

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Special Use Permits – Certain refuge activities, including, but not limited to scientific research and all commercial activities require a special use permit.  Permits must be secured before any special use activity commences on the refuge.  Plan ahead and allow for 30 working days to process the permit.

All requests must be made in writing and must include    

  1. Applicants Name, physical and e-mail address, and phone number. (Include the names of individuals who will be involved with the activity or research.)
  2. Project title 
  3. Detailed description of the activity (include materials, equipment, methods and procedures you plan to use)
  4. Justification for use of the refuge
  5. Schedule (proposed dates, times, deadlines)
  6. Expected impacts

Priority will be given to studies or activities that contribute to the enhancement, protection, use, preservation and management of native wildlife populations and their habitats.  The following are some of the things that will be considered in the determination of whether to issue an SUP: 

  • Will the project benefit the refuge?
  • Does the project address an issue of direct management concern to the refuge?
  • Does the project address an issue of concern for overall South Florida ecosystem?
  • Can the activity/research be conducted elsewhere?
  • Is the activity compatible with the objectives of the refuge?
  • Will the use require the use of government equipment or personnel?
  • Is the applicant(s) qualified? 

For more information on the permitting process and to learn if your special project requires a permit please contact the refuge office.

To apply for a special use permit, please use the correct form below.

Commercial Activity Special Use Permit

For Commercial activities such as guided tours, Commercial filming (audio, video, and photographic products of a monetary value) 

Research Special Use Permit

For Research and monitoring activities by students, universities, or other non-FWS organizations       

General Special Use Permit

For Miscellaneous one-time events, Education activities, Other (any activity not mentioned above)