Permits

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife laws and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country.

 

Special Use Permits

Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities and ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife and habitat. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activities to go forward.

At the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife comes first. For this reason, a Special Use Permit (SUP) is required in order to conduct the following types of activities.

  • Commercial Use (could include commercial filming, guided hunts, and fee-based tours)
  • Research Use (could include surveys, monitoring, and collecting data)
  • General Use (including organized and group activities, one-time events, other special events, and education activities)

Commercial SUPs for Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, if granted, are associated with a $100 fee for basic activities.  Fees for commercial filming and other complex projects will be commensurate with refuge staff involvement.  Commercial and research permit applications require at least 30 days for processing.

General use permit applications should be submitted 14 days in advance of the planned activity.  A general use permit is required for ALL organized and group activities, one-time events, other special events, and education activities, regardless of group size.

 Call the refuge or visit the National Wildlife Refuge System web site for more information on Special Use Permits and Application Forms.