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This guide outlines the elements needed to complete and submit an incidental take permit application. This application must be submitted online by downloading the digital form (Section E), completing it, and uploading it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ePermits site OR by downloading an application form, completing it on paper, and submitting it by mail. Gathering the information provided in this guide ahead of time will streamline and improve the accuracy of the permit application.
Incidental take permits may be sought when a non-federal entity believes their otherwise lawful activities may cause take of endangered or threatened species. The term “take” means to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct. A habitat conservation plan (HCP) must go with an application for an incidental take permit. The habitat conservation plan connected to the permit ensures that the effects of the approved incidental take are effectively lessened and mitigated. This permit type is most often issued for construction, utility, transportation, and other infrastructure-related projects.
Accuracy in the incidental take permit is critical because fraudulent or erroneous parts can invalidate permit coverage. Submitting an incomplete application will also delay permit coverage. Allow at least 60 days for review of most permit applications. However, you should allow at least 90 days for review of Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) or Endangered Species Act (ESA) permit applications.
Check with other offices, agencies, and countries. You must obtain all necessary federal, tribal, state, county, municipal, or foreign government approval to conduct the activity you propose. There may be other requirements necessary to conduct this activity of incidental take such as:
Additionally, ensure that the incidental take permit is the permit you need by reviewing the following:
You will need the following information before you start filling out your application for a new incidental take permit:
If you are submitting the permit application electronically, you will need to go to the USFWS ePermits Homepage and select “Create an account.”
Review the following as you fill out your application electronically:
Review the following after you submit your application electronically: