State permit policies & procedures
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Website Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Contacts Phone: (360) 902-2200
Is a permit needed for banding?Yes. The application form expressly lists banding as one of the activities for which permission can be obtained.
Permit application forms
- Application Form -
or from the agency website
- Renewal - same form
- Threatened and Endangered
- to be determined
- Salvage - same form
To be determined
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.
Washington Administrative Code
Scientific collection permits.
(1) The following definitions apply to this section:
(a) "Collect" means to take control or to
attempt to take control of fish, shellfish, wildlife, or the nests of
birds. Collect does not include transitory holding of reptiles,
amphibians and invertebrates solely for identification purposes.
(b) "Display" means to place or locate fish,
shellfish, wildlife, or the nests of birds, so that public viewing is
(c) "Encountered" means targeted or
nontargeted specimens captured, handled or physically affected by the
(d) "Project" means a planned undertaking of
common temporal or geographical activities to reach a common objective.
Multiple activities of a similar nature may be grouped under a single
(e) "Research" means scientific investigation,
and includes education. Electrofishing is a form of scientific
(f) "Scientific collection permit" and
"scientific permit" as referenced in RCW 77.15.660 and 77.32.240 have
the same meaning.
(2) It is unlawful for any person to collect
fish, shellfish, wildlife, or the nests of birds for research or
display purposes on the lands or in the waters of the state of
Washington for species, by means, in amounts, or in such condition not
authorized under personal use or commercial rules, or in violation of
any rule prohibiting possession of unclassified wildlife or prohibited
aquatic species, without first obtaining a permit from the department.
It is unlawful to fail to comply with any of the provisions of the
permit and it is unlawful to buy or sell fish, shellfish, wildlife, or
the nests of birds taken under the permit, and it is unlawful to
consume or offer for human consumption any fish, shellfish, or wildlife
taken under the permit.
(3) Application procedure:
(a) All applications for scientific collection
must be submitted on a department application form and delivered to the
department office in Olympia. Approval or denial of a scientific
collection permit application will be given no more than sixty days
after receipt of a complete application.
(b) A separate permit application must be submitted for each project.
(c) Each request for a permit to collect for
research purposes must be accompanied by the following information:
(i) A study title.
(ii) A statement of the applicant's
qualifications for conducting the project. A statement of the
qualifications of anyone conducting activities under the permit,
including experience with the methodology of the proposed collection,
and the applicant's access to facilities and competence to care for the
specimens to be collected, if the collected specimens will be retained
in live form by the applicant.
(iii) A study plan which includes: Specific
objective(s) for the proposed project including defining an
identifiable end point or conclusion toward which efforts are to be
directed; the justification for the project; methodology of collection;
project start and end dates; project location including county name;
names of participants in the collection; names and numbers of species
expected to be collected or encountered; and proposed final disposition
of specimens collected. Students under the direct on-site supervision
of an instructor in an official course of study under an accredited
educational institution may collect on behalf of the instructor holding
a scientific collection permit and are not required to be listed on the
(d) Each request for a permit to collect for
display purposes must be accompanied by the following information:
(i) A statement of the qualifications of the
applicant and all other persons conducting activities under the permit,
including experience with the methodology of the proposed collection,
and, if live fish, shellfish or wildlife are to be displayed, the name
of the publicly owned facility where the display will occur and the
competence of the facility operators to care for the specimens.
(ii) A project description, which includes:
Reason for display; project location including county name; methodology
of collection; names of participants in the collection; names and
numbers of species expected to be collected or encountered; display
site; length of display; and proposed final disposition of specimens
(e) Any application for a scientific
collection permit using firearms must contain a statement that all
persons who will use firearms are legally capable of possessing
(f) An amendment to a project application will
be treated as a project application except for the addition or deletion
of names of participants in the collection.
(4) Permit periods: Permits are valid for the
project period, but not to exceed one year from the date of issuance,
except multiyear permits, at the discretion of the department, may be
issued for public health purposes.
(5) Reporting: A final report as specified in
the permit conditions must be submitted to the department upon
completion of the research or display project, and must be received by
the department no later than 60 days after the expiration of the
permit. Renewable annual permit holders must submit a report each year,
and the report must be received by the department within 60 days of the
anniversary date of the initial issuance date of the permit. In
addition to the final or annual report, interim reports may be
required. Issuance of additional permits or permit renewals are subject
to prior submission of a project report.
(6) Permit granting and denial: Permits will
normally be granted for requests which contribute to the body of fish,
shellfish, or wildlife knowledge, increase or maximize the fish,
shellfish, and wildlife resource, avoid damage to the various
resources, and do not unnecessarily duplicate previous research.
Permits will not be granted if the project conflicts with existing
activities or conservation goals. Permits will not be granted if the
applicant was a prior permit holder and failed to submit required
reports. Permits may be denied if the applicant or any other person
involved in the collection has a history of fish or wildlife violations
or may be revoked if, during the project period, the applicant or any
other person involved in the collection commits a fish or wildlife
(7) Miscellaneous permit provisions:
(a) A copy of the scientific collection permit
must be in the physical possession of any person exercising the
privileges authorized by the permit. Only collection participants named
under subsection (3)(c)(iii) or (d)(ii) of this section may collect
under the permit.
(b) A scientific collection permit does not
authorize the release of specimens collected under the permit except
for an immediate release to the exact site where the collection
occurred unless release is specifically allowed as a condition of the
permit. Release at any other site requires a transport, release, or
planting permit. The conditions of the permit may specify that no
release of certain specimens will be allowed.
(c) If the scientific collection allows
retention of specimens, an interim, final, or annual collection report
for the period documenting when the specimen was collected must be
retained for the period of retention of the specimen.
(d) As a condition of receiving a scientific
collection permit, the applicant agrees that fish and wildlife officers
may, at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner, inspect the
specimens collected, as well as the permits, records and facilities of
a permit holder.
(e) A scientific collection permit may be revoked for violating the conditions of the permit.
(8) Appeal procedure: A person who is denied a
scientific collection permit, who disputes the conditions of a permit,
or who has a permit revoked may appeal the department action. Appeals
must be filed in writing, and delivered to Legal Services, Department
of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.
Specific grounds for contesting the revocation, denial, or permit
conditions must be stated in the appeal. An appeal will be held under
the provisions of chapter 34.05 RCW, the Administrative Procedure Act.
Wildlife classified as endangered species.
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis)