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State permit policies & procedures

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New Jersey






Susan Predl
Principal Biologist
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
26 Route 173 West
Hampton NJ 08827
Phone: (908) 735-7040
Fax: (908) 735-5689


Linda DiPiano
Principal Biologist
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
Wildlife Permits Unit
26 Route 173 West
Hampton, NJ 08827
Phone: (908) 735-5450
Fax: (908) 735-5689

Is a permit needed for banding?

Yes. (pers.comm. 29 June 2009 L. DiPiano re: nongame and S. Predl re: game: “a scientific collecting permit is required for banding activities in New Jersey as well as any needed federal permit.  Any study that put you in possession of the animal, even if it is to just catch , band and release requires a scientific collecting permit.” 

Permit application forms

  • Application Form -

    Game – Available here or from the agency website

    Wildlife included under Scientific Collecting or Salvage Permits for Game:
    Ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
    Bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus)
    Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
    Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

    Nongame – Available here or from the website
  • Renewal -

    Game – no separate renewal form

    Nongame, Renewal – Available here or from website

  • Threatened and Endangered -

    Available here or from the website

    Renewal, Available here or from the website

  • Salvage -

    Game, Salvage – Available here or from the website

    Nongame, Salvage – Available here or from the website

    Nongame, Salvage, Renewal – Available here or from the website

State lands

Indicate on application form.

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.


(The complete regulations can be downloaded here; an abbreviated version
is provided below)

Possession of Nongame & Exotic Wildlife
Subchapter 4. Nongame and Exotic Wildlife

7:25-4.1 Definitions
(a) The following words and terms when used in this subchapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
“Butt-end band” means a band with an open seam locked
around the leg of a bird of any age using pliers or a similar tool and
which is obtained from a source approved by the Department,
inscribed with a code approved by the Department in sizes
stipulated by the Department for each species of bird.
 “Department” means the state’s Department of Environmental
“Director” means the Director of the Division of Fish and
Wildlife or its successor within the Department of Environmental
“Division” means the Division of Fish and Wildlife or its
successor within the Department of Environmental Protection.
“Exotic mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian” means any
nongame species of mammal, bird, reptile, or amphibian not
indigenous to New Jersey.
“Nongame Species” means any wildlife for which a legal
hunting or trapping season has not been established in New Jersey
or which has not been classified as an endangered species by
statute or regulation of this State.
“Person” shall be defined to include but not limited to
corporations, companies, associations, societies, including nonprofit
organizations, firms, partnerships, joint stock companies,
individuals and governmental entities.
“Seamless leg band” means a solid ring leg band from a source
approved by the Department, in sizes stipulated by the Department
for each species of bird, which is slipped onto the leg of a newly
hatched captive-bred bird and which is incapable of being removed
or reopened when the bird has reached adult size without either
destroying the band or injuring the bird.
“Wild bird” means any bird other than a native, introduced, or
feral game bird as defined in R.S. 23:4-49 and other than a
domesticated bird such as a chicken, turkey, guinea fowl, goose,

7:25-4.2 Permit required
(a) Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall possess any
nongame species or exotic species of any mammal, bird, reptile or
amphibian unless such person has first received both the
appropriate permit from the Department as listed in N.J.A.C. 7:25-
4.6(a) as well as any other state, municipal, or Federal permits or
licenses which may be required to possess such species. Any
permit issued to an applicant by the Department for the possession
of any animal shall not exempt that applicant from compliance
with any other law of the State of New Jersey or any municipal or
federal law. An application to the Department for a permit shall be
made using the form prescribed by the Department. Any false
representation by the applicant or a permittee who knows or
reasonably should know that the representation to induce the
Department to issue a permit or take any other action, shall subject
the applicant or permittee to all penalties available under State law,
including revocation of any permit obtained based upon false
information. All permits issued by the Department under this
chapter are valid only when used by the permittee in accordance
with the terms and conditions of the permit and the regulations
governing that permit. The Department shall, upon written notice
to the permittee, revoke any permit listed in N.J.A.C. 7:25-4.6(a)
issued to any person who ceases to consistently meet the eligibility
criteria for that particular permit and may, in its discretion, seek an
order from the Director or a court of competent jurisdiction
allowing immediate removal of any animal possessed under that
permit. Written notices of violation against a permittee shall set
forth the terms of the permit or the regulation which the
Department alleges the permittee has violated and the penalty
sought. Notices of violation shall be brought and if not settled,
contested, pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, N.J.S.A.
52:14-1 et seq., or the rules of the court with jurisdiction over the
claim of violation. The Department may settle all claims for
penalties pursuant to N.J.S.A. 23:2A-10. Revocation of all
Department-issued permits for repeated violations shall occur as
set forth in (c), below.

7:25-4.6 Categories of permits, expiration, fees, sales receipts
required, records and reports required.
(a) The Division may issue, but shall not be limited to, the
following categories of permits.

2. Scientific holding-issued to qualified persons holding
exotic mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians, or nongame species
for scientific observation, captive breeding attempts and other
scientific or educational study.
8. Scientific Collecting-issued to persons to collect nongame
species or escaped exotic mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians
for scientific studies or other approved purposes, when such
activity is shown to have a beneficial effect on the conservation of
the species, the public welfare or the environment.
9. Special Purpose Salvage-issued to persons or institutions
to salvage dead migratory birds or parts thereof, for scientific or
education purposes.
10. Special Wildlife Salvage-issued to persons or institutions
to salvage dead nongame species, or parts thereof, other than
migratory birds, for scientific or education purposes.
11. Endangered Species-issued to persons or institutions for
the possession of endangered species for conservation or research
 (b) All possession permits shall expire on December 31 of the
year of issue.

Endangered Threatened
Bittern, American Botaurus lentiginosos BR Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus BR
Eagle, bald Haliaeetus leucocephalus BR Eagle, bald Haliaeetus leucocephalus NB
Falcon, peregrine Falco peregrinus Hawk, Cooper's Accipiter cooperii
Goshawk, northern Accipiter gentilis BR Hawk, red-shouldered Buteo lineatus NB
Grebe, pied-billed Podilymbus podiceps Night-heron, black-crowned Nycticorax nycticorax BR
Harrier, northern Circus cyaneus BR Night-heron, yellow-crowned Nyctanassa violaceus
Hawk, red-shouldered Buteo lineatus BR Knot, red Calidris canutus BR
Owl, short-eared Asio flammeus BR Osprey Pandion haliaetus BR
Plover, piping Charadrius melodus** Owl, barred Strix varia
Sandpiper, upland Batramia longicauda Owl, long-eared Asio otus
Shrike, loggerhead Lanius ludovicianus Rail, black Laterallus jamaicensis
Skimmer, black Rynchops niger BR Skimmer, black Rynchops niger NB
Sparrow, Henslow's Ammodramus henslowii Sparrow, grasshopper Ammodramus savannarum BR
Sparrow, vesper Pooecetes gramineus BR Sparrow, Savannah Passerculus sandwichensis BR
Tern, least Sterna antillarum Sparrow, vesper Pooecetes gramineus NB
Tern, roseate Sterna dougallii** Woodpecker, red-headed Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Wren, sedge Cistothorus platensis
**Federally endangered or threatened
BR - Breeding population only; NB - non-breeding population only