State permit policies & procedures
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Website South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Division of Wildlife
Contacts Shirley Clark (processes applications)
PO Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 734-3943
Laurel Moore Barnhill (policy and other questions)
Bird Conservation Coordinator
SC Dept. of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 734-3886
Is a permit needed for banding?Yes. Per L. Barnhill, “Yes. See definition of ‘take’ in 50-11-1180.
SECTION 50-11-1180. Authority of department to issue permits to collect
protected wildlife for scientific or propagating purposes; penalties.
For purposes of this section:
(a) "Take" means to harass, hunt, capture, or kill.
Permit application forms
- Application Form -
Available here, not yet available online on SCDNR
- Renewal - same form
- Threatened and Endangered
- same form
- Salvage - same form
State landsIndicate on application form
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.
South Carolina Code of Regulations
Chapter 123. Department of Natural Resources
NON-GAME AND ENDANGERED SPECIES
123-150.3. Scientific Collecting Permit Required.
That a scientific collecting permit under the terms of Section
50-11-2190, 1976 Code of Laws, shall be required for the collecting of
all nongame species or subspecies of the Classes Pices (Fish), Amphibia
(Amphibians), Reptilia (Reptiles), Aves (Birds) and Mammalia (Mammals).
123-150. Non-Game and Endangered Species.
1. The following list of species or subspecies of non-game wildlife are
faced with extinction in the foreseeable future and are added to the
official State List of Endangered Wildlife Species of South Carolina.
1. American Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum)
2. Arctic Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus tundrius)
3. Bachman's Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii)
4. Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
5. Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis)
6. Kirtland's Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii)
7. Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis)
8. Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
9. Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
10. Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
11. Southern Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
123-150.2. Birds, Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians and Mammals.
The following list of species or subspecies of non-game wildlife are
considered to be threatened and are added to the official state list of
Non-game Species in Need of Management.
1. Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
2. Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina)
3. Least Tern (Sterna albifrons)
4. Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia)
123-160. Vultures, Kites, Hawks, Eagles, Ospreys, Falcons, and Owls.
1. The following list of species or subspecies of nongame wildlife are
in need of management, to wit: All species of the Order Falconiformes
(vultures, kites, hawks, eagles, ospreys, falcons) and all species of
the Order Strigifornes (owls).
2. It shall be unlawful for any person to take, possess, transport,
export, process, sell or offer for sale or ship, and for any contract
carrier knowingly to transport or receive for shipment any such species
or products or parts thereof except by permit for scientific,
educational or falconry purposes issued by the South Carolina Wildlife
and Marine Resources Department.
3. The penalty for the violation of this section shall be that prescribed by Section 50-15-80 of the 1976 Code.
For purposes of this regulation:
"Taking" means to shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or
attempt to shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect any wildlife.