To Enable Public Use
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.
General Use Permit
Special Use Permits are required for miscellaneous events (fishing tournaments, one-time events, other special events), education activity, and any other activity not mentioned. Contact Refuge Management at least one month in advance to begin the permit process.
General Use Permit Application
Commercial Use Permit
A commercial permit is required for commercial activities including guided tours and filming on National Wildlife Refuges. A permit will not be required for personal, noncommercial filming and photography activities or news coverage. The permit will help insure compatibility with Refuge purposes, public use, ongoing research, or to protect Refuge resources.
- There is likelihood of wildlife disturbance. - There would be an unreasonable disruption of
Commercial operations will not be permitted if it is determined that:
the public’s use and enjoyment of the site (beyond short-term interruptions). - The activity poses a health or safety risk to the public.
Commercial Use Permit Application
If you are a student, teacher, or other non-FWS organization interested in conducting research or educational activity on the Refuge, we encourage you to contact Refuge management at least one month in advance to begin the SUP process. If you are found conducting an activity that requires a SUP without the appropriate permission you could be subject to legal action.
Research Permit Application
Please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for more information about permits.
Contact the Refuge Office for more information about Special Use Permits
Page Photo Credits Turtle nest excavation and relocation: Photo by USFWS, Friends of the Carr Refuge Turtle Talk: Photo by Anibal Vazquez/USFWS, Nest excavation, Gustavo Stahelin, UCF MTRG: Photo by Anibal Vazquez/USFWS
, Kristen Kneifl: Photo by Vince Lamb
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017