50 C.F.R. Subpart B—Application for Permits


Title 50 - Wildlife and Fisheries


Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries
PART 13—GENERAL PERMIT PROCEDURES

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Subpart B—Application for Permits

§ 13.11   Application procedures.

The Service may not issue a permit for any activity authorized by this subchapter B unless you have filed an application under the following procedures:

(a) Forms. Applications must be submitted in writing on a Federal Fish and Wildlife License/Permit Application (Form 3–200) or as otherwise specifically directed by the Service.

(b) Forwarding instructions. Applications for permits in the following categories should be forwarded to the issuing office indicated below.

(1) You may obtain applications for migratory bird banding permits (50 CFR 21.22) by writing to: Bird Banding Laboratory, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708–4037. Submit completed permit applications to the same address.

(2) You may obtain applications for designated port exception permits and import/export licenses (50 CFR 14) by writing to the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Region in which you reside (see 50 CFR 2.2 or the Service Web site, http://www.fws.gov, for addresses and boundaries of the Regions). Submit completed permit applications to the same address.

(3) You may obtain applications for Wild Bird Conservation Act permits (50 CFR 15); injurious wildlife permits (50 CFR 16); captive-bred wildlife registrations (50 CFR 17); permits authorizing import, export, or foreign commerce of endangered and threatened species, and interstate commerce of non-native endangered or threatened species (50 CFR 17); marine mammal permits (50 CFR 18); and permits and certificates for import, export, and reexport of species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (50 CFR 23) from: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, Virginia 22203–1610. Submit completed permit applications to the same address.

(4) You may obtain Endangered Species Act permit applications (50 CFR 17) for activities involving native endangered and threatened species, including incidental take, scientific purposes, enhancement of propagation or survival (i.e., recovery), and enhancement of survival by writing to the Regional Director (Attention: Endangered Species Permits) of the Region where the activity is to take place (see 50 CFR 2.2 or the Service Web site, http://www.fws.gov, for addresses and boundaries of the Regions). Submit completed applications to the same address (the Regional office covering the area where the activity will take place). Permit applications for interstate commerce for native endangered and threatened species should be obtained by writing to the Regional Director (Attention: Endangered Species Permits) of the Region that has the lead for the particular species, rather than the Region where the activity will take place. You can obtain information on the lead Region via the Service's Endangered Species Program Web page (http://endangered.fws.gov/wildlife.html) by entering the common or scientific name of the listed species in the Regulatory Profile query box. Send interstate commerce permit applications for native listed species to the same Regional Office that has the lead for that species. Endangered Species Act permit applications for the import or export of native endangered and threatened species may be obtained from the Division of Management Authority in accordance with paragraph (b)(3) of this section.

(5) You may obtain applications for bald and golden eagle permits (50 CFR 22) and migratory bird permits (50 CFR 21), except for banding and marking permits, by writing to the Migratory Bird Permit Program Office in the Region in which you reside. For mailing addresses for the Migratory Bird Regional Permit Offices, see below, or go to: http://permits.fws.gov/mbpermits/addresses.html. Send completed applications to the same address. The mailing addresses for the Regional Migratory Bird Permit Offices are as follows:

Region 1 (CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Permit Office, 911 N.E. 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232–4181.

Region 2 (AZ, NM, OK, TX): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Permit Office, P.O. Box 709, Albuquerque, NM 87103.

Region 3 (IA, IL, IN, MN, MO, MI, OH, WI): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Permit Office, One Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 55111.

Region 4 (AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, PR, VI): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Permit Office, P.O. Box 49208, Atlanta, GA 30359.

Region 5 (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Permit Office, P.O. Box 779, Hadley, MA 01035–0779.

Region 6 (CO, KS, MT, ND, NE, SD, UT, WY): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Permit Office, P.O. Box 25486, DFC (60130), Denver, CO 80225–0486.

Region 7 (AK): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Permit Office (MS–201), 1011 E. Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503.

(c) Time notice. The Service will process all applications as quickly as possible. However, we cannot guarantee final action within the time limit you request. You should ensure that applications for permits for marine mammals and/or endangered and threatened species are postmarked at least 90 calendar days prior to the requested effective date. The time we require for processing of endangered and threatened species incidental take permits will vary according to the project scope and significance of effects. Submit applications for all other permits to the issuing/reviewing office and ensure they are postmarked at least 60 calendar days prior to the requested effective date. Our processing time may be increased by the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the requirement to publish a notice in the Federal Register requesting a 30-day public comment period when we receive certain types of permit applications, and/or the time required for extensive consultation within the Service, with other Federal agencies, and/or State or foreign governments. When applicable, we may require permit applicants to provide additional information on the proposal and on its environmental effects as may be necessary to satisfy the procedural requirements of NEPA.

(d) Fees. (1) Unless otherwise exempted under this subsection, you must pay the required permit processing fee at the time that you apply for issuance or amendment of a permit. You must pay by check or money order made payable to the “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.” The Service will not refund any application fee under any circumstances if we have processed the application. However, we may return the application fee if you withdraw the application before we have significantly processed it.

(2) If regulations in this subchapter require more than one type of permit for an activity and the permits are issued by the same office, the issuing office may issue one consolidated permit authorizing the activity in accordance with §13.1. You may submit a single application in such cases, provided that the single application contains all the information required by the separate applications for each permitted activity. Where more than one permitted activity is consolidated into one permit, the issuing office will charge the highest single fee for the activity permitted.

(3) Circumstances under which we will not charge a permit application fee are as follows:

(i) We will not charge a permit application fee to any Federal, tribal, State, or local government agency or to any individual or institution acting on behalf of such agency. Except as otherwise authorized or waived, if you fail to submit evidence of such status with your application, we will require the submission of all processing fees prior to the acceptance of the application for processing.

(ii) As noted in paragraph (d)(4) of this section.

(iii) We may waive the fee on a case-by-case basis for extraordinary extenuating circumstances provided that the issuing permit office and a Regional or Assistant Director approves the waiver.

(4) User fees. The following table identifies specific fees for each permit application or amendment to a current permit. If no fee is identified under the Amendment Fee column, this particular permit either cannot be amended and a new application, and application fee, would need to be submitted or no fee will be charged for amending the permit (please contact the issuing office for further information).

 ------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                              Amendment         Type of permit          CFR  citation      Fee          fee------------------------------------------------------------------------                       Migratory Bird Treaty Act------------------------------------------------------------------------Migratory Bird Import/Export...  50 CFR 21....          $75  ...........Migratory Bird Banding or        50 CFR 21....  ...........  ........... Marking.Migratory Bird Scientific        50 CFR 21....          100          $50 Collecting.Migratory Bird Taxidermy.......  50 CFR 21....          100  ...........Waterfowl Sale and Disposal....  50 CFR 21....           75  ...........Special Canada Goose...........  50 CFR 21....  ...........  ...........Migratory Bird Special Purpose/  50 CFR 21....           75  ........... Education.Migratory Bird Special Purpose/  50 CFR 21....           75  ........... Salvage.Migratory Bird Special Purpose/  50 CFR 21....           75  ........... Game Bird Propagation.Migratory Bird Special Purpose/  50 CFR 21....          100  ........... Miscellaneous.Falconry.......................  50 CFR 21....          100  ...........Raptor Propagation.............  50 CFR 21....          100  ...........Migratory Bird Rehabilitation..  50 CFR 21....           50  ...........Migratory Bird Depredation.....  50 CFR 21....          100           50Migratory Bird Depredation/      50 CFR 21....           50  ........... Homeowner.------------------------------------------------------------------------                  Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act------------------------------------------------------------------------Eagle Scientific Collecting....  50 CFR 22....          100           50Eagle Exhibition...............  50 CFR 22....           75  ...........Eagle Falconry.................  50 CFR 22....          100  ...........Eagle_Native American Religion.  50 CFR 22....  ...........  ...........Eagle Depredation..............  50 CFR 22....          100           50Golden Eagle Nest Take.........  50 CFR 22....          100           50Eagle Transport_Scientific or    50 CFR 22....           75  ........... Exhibition.Eagle Transport_Native American  50 CFR 22....        (\1\)        (\1\) Religious Purposes.------------------------------------------------------------------------                 Endangered Species Act/CITES/Lacey Act------------------------------------------------------------------------ESA Recovery...................  50 CFR 17....          100           50ESA Interstate Commerce........  50 CFR 17....          100           50ESA Enhancement of Survival      50 CFR 17....           50           25 (Safe Harbor Agreement).ESA Enhancement of Survival      50 CFR 17....           50           25 (Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances).ESA Incidental Take (Habitat     50 CFR 17....          100           50 Conservation Plan).ESA and CITES Import/Export and  50 CFR 17....          100           50 Foreign Commerce.ESA and CITES Museum Exchange..  50 CFR 17....          100           50ESA Captive-bred Wildlife        50 CFR 17....          200          100 Registration.    _Renewal of Captive-bred     50 CFR 17....          100  ...........     wildlife registration.CITES Import (including          50 CFR 17,             100           50 trophies under ESA and MMPA).    18, 23.CITES Export...................  50 CFR 23....          100           50CITES Pre-Convention...........  50 CFR 23....           75           40CITES Certificate of Origin....  50 CFR 23....           75           40CITES Re-Export................  50 CFR 23....           75           40CITES Personal Effects and Pet   50 CFR 23....           50  ........... Export/Re-Export.CITES Appendix II Export         50 CFR 23....          100           50 (native furbearers and alligators_excluding live animals).CITES Master File (includes      50 CFR 23....          200          100 files for artificial propagation, biomedical, etc. and covers import, export, and re-export documents).    _Renewal of CITES Master     50 CFR 23....          100  ...........     File.    _Single-use permits issued   50 CFR 23....        \2\ 5  ...........     on Master File.CITES Annual Program File......  50 CFR 23....           50  ...........    _Single-use permits issued   50 CFR 23....        \2\ 5  ...........     under Annual Program.CITES replacement documents      50 CFR 23....           50           50 (lost, stolen, or damaged documents).CITES Passport for Traveling     50 CFR 23....       \3\ 75  ........... Exhibitions and Pets.CITES/ESA Passport for           50 CFR 23....      \3\ 100  ........... Traveling Exhibitions.Import/Export License..........  50 CFR 14....          100           50Designated Port Exception......  50 CFR 14....          100           50Injurious Wildlife Permit......  50 CFR 16....          100           50    _Transport Authorization     50 CFR 16....           25  ...........     for Injurious Wildlife.------------------------------------------------------------------------                   Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA)------------------------------------------------------------------------Personal Pet Import............  50 CFR 15....           50  ...........WBCA Scientific Research,        50 CFR 15....          100           50 Zoological Breeding or Display, Cooperative Breeding.WBCA Approval of Cooperative     50 CFR 15....          200          100 Breeding Programs.    _Renewal of a WBCA           50 CFR 15....           50  ...........     Cooperative Breeding     Program.WBCA Approval of a Foreign       50 CFR 15....      \4\ 250  ........... Breeding Facility.------------------------------------------------------------------------                      Marine Mammal Protection Act------------------------------------------------------------------------Marine Mammal Public Display...  50 CFR 18....          300          150Marine Mammal Scientific         50 CFR 18....          150           75 Research/Enhancement/ Registered Agent or Tannery.    _Renewal of Marine Mammal    50 CFR 18....           75  ...........     Scientific Research/     Enhancement/Registered     Agent or Tannery.------------------------------------------------------------------------\1\ No fee.\2\ Each.\3\ Per animal.\4\ Per species.

(5) We will charge a fee for substantive amendments made to permits within the time period that the permit is still valid. The fee is generally half the original fee assessed at the time that the permit is processed; see paragraph (d)(4) of this section for the exact amount. Substantive amendments are those that pertain to the purpose and conditions of the permit and are not purely administrative. Administrative changes, such as updating name and address information, are required under 13.23(c), and we will not charge a fee for such amendments.

(6) Except as specifically noted in paragraph (d)(4) of this section, a permit renewal is an issuance of a new permit, and applicants for permit renewal must pay the appropriate fee listed in paragraph (d)(4) of this section.

(e) Abandoned or incomplete applications. If we receive an incomplete or improperly executed application, or if you do not submit the proper fees, the issuing office will notify you of the deficiency. If you fail to supply the correct information to complete the application or to pay the required fees within 45 calendar days of the date of notification, we will consider the application abandoned. We will not refund any fees for an abandoned application.

[70 FR 18317, Apr. 11, 2005]

§ 13.12   General information requirements on applications for permits.

(a) General information required for all applications. All applications must contain the following information:

(1) Applicant's full name, mailing address, telephone number(s), and,

(i) If the applicant is an individual, the date of birth, height, weight, hair color, eye color, sex, and any business or institutional affiliation of the applicant related to the requested permitted activity; or

(ii) If the applicant is a corporation, firm, partnership, association, institution, or public or private agency, the name and address of the president or principal officer and of the registered agent for the service of process;

(2) Location where the requested permitted activity is to occur or be conducted;

(3) Reference to the part(s) and section(s) of this subchapter B as listed in paragraph (b) of this section under which the application is made for a permit or permits, together with any additional justification, including supporting documentation as required by the referenced part(s) and section(s);

(4) If the requested permitted activity involves the import or re-export of wildlife or plants from or to any foreign country, and the country of origin, or the country of export or re-export restricts the taking, possession, transportation, exportation, or sale of wildlife or plants, documentation as indicated in §14.52(c) of this subchapter B;

(5) Certification in the following language:

I hereby certify that I have read and am familiar with the regulations contained in title 50, part 13, of the Code of Federal Regulations and the other applicable parts in subchapter B of chapter I of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, and I further certify that the information submitted in this application for a permit is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief. I understand that any false statement herein may subject me to suspension or revocation of this permit and to the criminal penalties of 18 U.S.C. 1001.

(6) Desired effective date of permit except where issuance date is fixed by the part under which the permit is issued;

(7) Date;

(8) Signature of the applicant; and

(9) Such other information as the Director determines relevant to the processing of the application, including, but not limited to, information on the environmental effects of the activity consistent with 40 CFR 1506.5 and Departmental procedures at 516 DM 6, Appendix 1.3A.

(b) Additional information required on permit applications. As stated in paragraph (a)(3) of this section certain additional information is required on all applications. These additional requirements may be found by referring to the section of this subchapter B cited after the type of permit for which application is being made:

 ------------------------------------------------------------------------                       Type of permit                           Section------------------------------------------------------------------------Importation at nondesignated ports:  Scientific................................................       14.31  Deterioration prevention..................................       14.32  Economic hardship.........................................       14.33Marking of package or container:  Symbol marking............................................       14.83  Import/export license.....................................       14.93Feather import quota: Importation or entry..................       15.21Injurious wildlife: Importation or shipment.................       16.22Endangered wildlife and plant permits:  Similarity of appearance..................................       17.52  Scientific, enhancement of propagation or survival,              17.22   incidental taking for wildlife...........................  Scientific, propagation, or survival for plants...........       17.62  Economic hardship for wildlife............................       17.23  Economic hardship for plants..............................       17.63Threatened wildlife and plant permits:  Similarity of appearance..................................       17.52  General for wildlife......................................       17.32  American alligator-buyer or tanner........................    17.42(a)  General for plants........................................       17.72Marine mammals permits:  Scientific research.......................................       18.31  Public display............................................       18.31Migratory bird permits:  Banding or marking........................................       21.22  Scientific collecting.....................................       21.23  Taxidermist...............................................       21.24  Waterfowl sale and disposal...............................       21.25  Special aviculturist......................................       21.26  Special purpose...........................................       21.27  Falconry..................................................       21.28  Raptor propagation permit.................................       21.30  Depredation control.......................................       21.41Eagle permits:  Scientific or exhibition..................................       22.21  Indian religious use......................................       22.22  Depredation control.......................................       22.23  Falconry purposes.........................................       22.24  Take of golden eagle nests................................       22.25Endangered Species Convention permits.......................       23.15------------------------------------------------------------------------

[39 FR 1161, Jan. 4, 1974, as amended at 42 FR 10465, Feb. 22, 1977; 42 FR 32377, June 24, 1977; 44 FR 54006, Sept. 17, 1979; 44 FR 59083, Oct. 12, 1979; 45 FR 56673, Aug. 25, 1980; 45 FR 78154, Nov. 25, 1980; 46 FR 42680, Aug. 24, 1981; 48 FR 31607, July 8, 1983; 48 FR 57300, Dec. 29, 1983; 50 FR 39687, Sept. 30, 1985; 50 FR 45408, Oct. 31, 1985; 54 FR 38147, Sept. 14, 1989; 70 FR 18319, Apr. 11, 2005]

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