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State permit policies & procedures

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South Carolina 


    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
    Division of Wildlife


    Shirley Clark (processes applications)
    PO Box 167
    Columbia, SC 29202
    Phone: (803) 734-3943

    Amy Tegeler (policy and other questions)
    Bird Conservation Coordinator
    SC Dept. of Natural Resources
    P.O. Box 23205
    Columbia, SC 29224
    Phone: (803) 521-2119

Is a permit needed for banding?

Yes. Per A. Tegeler, “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
  • Renewal - same form

  • Threatened and Endangered - same form

  • Salvage - same form

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.


South Carolina Code of Regulations

Chapter 123. Department of Natural Resources


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.

I. Birds
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.
I. Birds
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.

123-201. Definitions.

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.