State permit policies & procedures
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Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Wildlife
DEP, Wildlife Division
79 Elm St.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 424-3963
Is a permit required for banding?Yes.
The permit application specifically includes handling and marking.
Permit application forms
- Application Form - download here
- Renewal – use same form
- Threatened and Endangered – use same form
- Salvage – use same form
State landsAdditional permits are needed to conduct research
on state owned lands (ex Park lands). The Department of Environmental
Protection can generally circulate the request and issue one joint
permit to cover all aspects of the request at once.
Prior noticeThe Department of Environmental Protection asks
that the researcher contact the unit manager to alert them of their
potential schedule to avoid conflicts.
Note: the application form requires that the applicant provide
a copy of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee protocol
approval. The Ornithological Council has communicated with the
Connecticut DEP, Wildlife Division to explain that most IACUCs will not
issue final approval until all permits are obtained. In response, the
Connecticut DEP, Wildlife Division states that the applicant can submit
a copy of the protocol submitted to the IACUC and is willing to issue
the permit if the protocol review is pending.
The Connecticut Administrative Code is not available on the internet.
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has posted some
of the regulations pertaining to wildlife, but none pertaining to
scientific research permits. The Ornithological Council was informed
that there are no regulations implementing the Connecticut statute,
which provides that:
(Title 26, Section 60). Permits to collect certain wildlife for
scientific and educational purposes. Fee. The commissioner may grant to
any properly accredited person not less than eighteen years of age,
upon written application, a permit to collect fish, crustaceans and
wildlife and their nests and eggs, for scientific and educational
purposes only, and not for sale or exchange or shipment from or removal
from the state without the consent of the commissioner. The
commissioner may determine the number and species of such fish,
crustaceans and wildlife and their nests and eggs which may be taken
and the area and method of collection of such fish, crustaceans and
wildlife under any permit in any year. The permit shall be issued for a
term established by the commissioner in accordance with federal
regulations and shall not be transferable. The commissioner shall
charge an annual fee of twenty dollars for such permit. Each person
receiving a permit under the provisions of this section shall report to
the commissioner on blanks furnished by the commissioner, at or before
the expiration of such permit, the detailed results of the collections
made thereunder. Any person violating the provisions of this chapter or
of the permit held by him shall be subject to the penalties provided in
section 26-64, and, upon conviction of such violation, the permit so
held by him shall become void.