State permit policies & procedures
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Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Office of Resource Conservation: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/orc/
Division of Wildlife Resources:
There appears to be no information about permits on the website,
other than the permit
link shown below
IL Department of Natural Resources
Office of Resource Conservation
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
Phone (217) 785-8547
Fax (217) 785-2438 fax
Is a permit needed for banding?
The application form expressly states that it is required for any
project that involves “The handling or collection of live fish and
wildlife for educational
or research purposes.”
Permit application forms
- Application Form -
or from their website
The application can be submitted by email but you will need to submit a
signed signature page. If you don't have electronic signature, either
fax or mail the signature page.
- Renewal - same form
- Threatened and Endangered
- separate form (but part of the application package)
- Salvage - list under “Description of Monitoring, Sampling or Collecting Procedures”
Need for state parks, forests, conservation areas, and nature preserves. Included in permit form file.
As required by the land owner or land manager; check permit conditions.
Even if prior notice is not expressly required, ornithologists should
always notify the land manger or landowner of the dates, times, and
places where activities will take place to assure the safety of the
researcher and to avoid conflict with activities scheduled for other
researchers or the general public.
Illinois Administrative Code
Title 17: Conservation
Chapter I: Department of Natural Resources
Subchapter b: Fish and Wildlife
Part 520 Scientific Permits
Section 520.10 Purpose
The following rules and regulations have been established to govern the
taking and/or possession of Illinois Fauna (protected under Ill. Rev.
Stat. 1981, ch. 56 and 61) for scientific purposes and the issuance of
said permits for such activities.
Section 520.20 Requirements and Application
Any person who wishes to take or salvage Illinois fauna for scientific
purposes must obtain and possess a valid scientific permit from the
a) To be eligible for a
scientific permit for scientific research the applicant must be:
1) 18 years of age, and
2) Engaged in
scientific research which may include, but not necessarily limited to,
research sponsored by universities and/or colleges.
b) To be eligible for a
scientific permit for salvage and subsequent rehabilitation of crippled
fauna the applicant must be or have:
1) 15 years of age,
2) A salvage permit the
previous year or submit a reference statement from a licensed
veterinarian, zoological curator, conservation police officer or a
Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources, Natural Heritage,
or Fisheries biologist as appropriate stating that the applicant has
experience in treating and handling wild animals and has facilities
available to treat, care for and produce self-dependent fauna for
release to the wild, and
3) Public or state
scientific, educational or zoological institutions available which will
take dead and/or permanently disabled fauna.
c) Application for
scientific permit shall be made on forms provided by the Department's
Division of Wildlife Resources and may be obtained by submitting a
request to the Division at Lincoln Tower Plaza, 524 South Second St.,
Springfield, Ill. 62706.
d) Scientific permits
will be issued by the Department provided the applicant has met the
eligibility requirements as per this section and the application form
has been completed and project description meets the criteria of 520.30.
e) Final judgment of
applications will be made by the Chief, Division of Wildlife Resources
on Wildlife permnits; by the Chief, Division of Fisheries on Fisheries
permits; and by the Chief, Division of Natural Heritage on Heritage
permits based on the criteria contained in Section 520.20(d).
f) The taking of
migratory or other species protected by Federal regulations must be
approved by the U.S. Department of Interior after the Scientific Permit
for Illinois is approved. The only exception to this is banding
permits which will be issued only after issuance of a Federal
permit. The taking of any endangered or threatened species must
be done with concurrence of the Endangered Species Program Coordinator
and, for taking of Federally listed species, the U.S. Department of the
(Source: Amended at 12 Ill. Reg. 1815, effective December 31, 1987)
Section 520.30 General Provisions
a) Permanent employees
of state or federal conservation agencies, universities or other
scientific institutions (such as government museums and laboratories)
shall be issued a scientific permit valid for the term of their
employment, as long as that person continues to submit, by January 31
of each year, an annual report of the past year's activities.
Scientific permits for persons not employed by an above referenced
organization will be issued on an annual basis and will expire on
b) The scientific
permit is valid for only the approved type of research and/or salvage
stated on the permit. Under no circumstances shall a scientific
permit be used in lieu of sport or commercial licenses.
method of taking fauna must be approved by the Department. Approved
methods include but are not limited to, seines, electro-fishing, nets,
hand, snap traps, live traps and foot-hold traps. All devices
used for taking, which are left unattended, must have the permittee's
name, address and scientific permit number visible on them.
d) Taking and/or
salvage of fauna shall be performed by or under the direct supervision
of the permittee. Permittee must be present with person involved
in actual taking of fauna.
e) Taking and/or
salvage of fauna is only allowed in areas designated on the permit.
f) Taking and/or
salvage of fauna on private properties requires oral or written
landowner's permission. This permit does not allow the privilege
g) Taking and/or
salvage of fauna on state owned or managed lands is not permitted
without the prior approval of the Site Superintendent.
h) The scientific
permit must be carried on the person at all times when taking specimens
and be presented, upon request, to Department personnel.
i) Fauna taken
and/or salvaged and rehabilitated must be released to the wild or
permanently donated to a public or state scientific educational or
j) Permittee is
responsible for the taking activities and report of the individual
issued the permit. Permittee must maintain a record of all
specimens taken and shall present such record upon request to
k) Permittee by January
31 of the next year shall submit an annual report to the Department of
the past year's activities on forms provided by the Department, and
mailed to address referred to in (Section 520.20(c)). The
permittee shall also provide the Department (2) two copies of all
written reports resulting from the permitted activities. Permits
will be renewed only after copies of the annual report and all written
reports have been received by the Department.
l) A scientific
permit does not release the permittee from other provisions of the Ill.
Adm. Code nor from Federal or State Statutes and does not supercede
m) Any person using rotenone
or other toxic materials for taking of fauna must notify the Department
prior to using such materials, and may need a variance from the
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
(Source: Amended at 14 Ill. Reg. 10811, effective June 20, 1990).
Section 520.40 Renewal
Renewal of current permits, which require more than one year to
complete the project, require the permittee to submit an annual report
as prescribed in Section 520.30(j). Failure to provide these
reports by March 31 will result in denial of subsequent renewal
requests by the permittee.
Section 520.50 Revocation and Suspension of Permits – Hearings and Appeals
In accordance with Section 5.19 of the Fish Code and Section 3.36 of
The Wildlife Code (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1981, ch. 56, par. 5.19 and ch. 61,
par. 3.36), failure to comply with the provisions of the scientific
permit, Fish and Wildlife Codes of Illinois pertaining to scientific
permits, and this Part or providing false information to obtain a
scientific permit will result in suspension or revocation of the
scientific permit. Suspension of the scientific permit will be
for a period of not less than one year. The procedure by which
suspensions and revocations are made, the rights of permittees to
notice and hearing; and the procedures governing such hearings are set
forth in 17 Ill. Adm. Code 2530.