California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Special Permits - Fees and Descriptions

Valid January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013

Fish and Game Code Section 70 defines "Resident" as any person who has resided continuously in the State of California for six months or more immediately prior to the date of their application for a license or permit, any person on active military duty with the Armed Forces of the United States or auxiliary branch thereof, or any person enrolled in the Job Corps established pursuant to Section 2883 of Title 29 of the United States Code.

Fish and Game Code Section 86 defines "Take" as hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill. Fees include a nonrefundable three percent (3%) application fee, not to exceed $7.50 per item. (Section 700.4, Title 14, California Code of Regulations)

Entitlements Fee Description
Aquaculture Registration is required for every person engaged in controlled growing and harvesting of fish, shellfish and plants in marine, brackish and fresh water. Aquaculture does not include species of ornamental marine or freshwater plants and animals not utilized for human consumption or bait purposes that are maintained in closed systems for personal, pet industry or hobby purposes; however, these species continue to be regulated. Application and Additional Information (PDF)
Aquaculture Registration, New $807.50 Every person newly engaged in aquaculture is required to submit an application and fees for registration. New facilities must be inspected.
Aquaculture Registration, Renewal $507.50 Every person continuing to engage in aquaculture is required to submit an application and fees for registration.
Aquaculture Registration, Surcharge $25,000+ $607.50 Every registered aquaculture facility whose total gross sales were at least $25,000 during the previous registration year is required to pay the surcharge.
Aquaculture Registration, Late Fee $150.00 Every registered aquaculture facility or new facility engaged in aquaculture activity who fails to submit an application before April 1 is required to pay a late fee.
Domesticated Game Breeder's Licenses are required for any person engaged in raising or importing, or who keeps in captivity in this state, domesticated game birds or domesticated game mammals which normally exist in the wild in this state if the birds or mammals are kept more than 30 days after acquisition. Nor person can sell the carcass of any domesticated game bird or mammal without first obtaining a domesticated game breeder's license from the Department. A Domesticated Game Breeder's License is not required for any of the following:
  • License Game Bird Clubs;
  • Licensed Domesticated Migratory Game Bird Shooting Areas;
  • Keepers of hotels, restaurants, boardinghouses, or clubs serving the meat of such birds or mammals for actual consumption on the premises;
  • Retail meat dealers selling such meat to customers for actual consumption; and
  • Public zoological gardens possessing such birds or mammals for exhibition purposes or for the purposes of disposing of such birds or mammals by sale, exchange, or donation to other public zoological gardens.
Domesticated Game Breeder's License, Class 1 $20.34 175 or less ring-necked pheasants sold annually.
Domesticated Game Breeder's License, Class 2 $101.20 More than 175 ring-necked pheasants
Domesticated Game Bird Seals and Domesticated Game Mammal Tags $1.50 per book of 50 Domesticated game birds and mammals shall not be transported or sold dead unless each quarter and each loin of the carcass of each large mammal, the carcass of each bird, except as provided in Section 2401 for a domesticated game bird raised outside this State and the carcass of each small mammal is tagged with a domesticated game breeder's tag or seal. The tag or seal shall not be removed until such quarter, loin, or carcass is prepared for consumption. No tag so affixed can be used again. No tag or seal can be sold by the Department to anyone other than a person who is legally in possession of domesticated game.
Fallow Deer Farming Permit $330.00 Fallow deer farming is defined as the rearing of fallow deer for commercial sale of meat and other parts or for sale of live fallow deer. Only fallow deer (Dama dama) may be possessed for deer farming purposes. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be residents of California.
Fallow Deer Farming, Application Fee $49.70 Required for processing new applications.
Fallow Deer Farming, Inspection Fee $87.04 Required for every new fallow deer farming applicant. The permit shall be issued until the applicant's facility is inspected and approved by the Department. Waived for renewals when a veterinarian or other person who has obtained a degree in veterinary medicine from a college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, certifies in writing that he/she has inspected the facility and found it to be in compliance with regulatory requirements if a veterinarian inspects the facility, he/she must certify that each of the permittee's fallow deer have been observed at least once during the prior year and that they have been appropriately cared for and appear healthy.
Indian Game Transportation Tags NO FEE Required for hunters to transport the carcass of a game bird or mammal or parts thereof off a particular California Indian reservation. Hunters shall obtain tags from tribal members designated by the tribal council of the reservation prior to transporting off of reservation land.
Native Reptile Captive Propagation Permit $59.23 Required for every person, who, for commercial purposes, sells, possesses, transports, imports, exports or propagates native reptiles or who propagates native reptiles for noncommercial purposes.
Restricted Species Permits are required for every person who imports, exports, transports, or possesses any restricted animal listed in Section 671(c), Title 14, of the California Code of Regulations (CCR).
Restricted Species Permit, Application/Amendment New: $110.21
Renewal and Amendment: $56.65
Required for every new permit, permit renewal or amendment of an existing permit, nonrefundable. Application and Additional Information (PDF)
Restricted Species Permit Inspection Standard: $188.49
Aquaculture and Fish: $3,172.75
Required for every new permit and amendment or renewal of an existing permit. The inspection fee shall be waived if a person submits an annual statement from a veterinarian accredited by the USDA certifying that the animals have been inspected at least twice during the year, at six month intervals, and that the animals are being cared for and housed in accordance with applicable requirements in Sections 671.2 through 671.4, Title 14, CCR. In the case of animals to be acquired, the inspection fee shall be waived if a veterinarian accredited by the USDA will certify that the facilities meet the minimum requirements of Section 671.2, Title 14, CCR, and that the animals will be inspected at least twice during the next year as required. If the inspection fee is paid, the applicant is entitled to two inspections each year. If an inspection requires more than two hours, or additional inspections are required to verify corrections of facilities or for compliance with these regulations an additional per hour fee shall be charged.
Animal Care (Detrimental Species) $464.50 Issued to any resident who has demonstrated the experience and ability to house animals designated as a detrimental species, and who legally possessed the animal in California prior to January 1992. The permittee may only possess and provide care for the animal(s) specifically listed on their Department approved permit inventory. No other activity is authorized except that which is medically necessary for the care of the animal.
Animal Care (Welfare Species) $56.14 Issued to any resident who has demonstrated the experience and ability to house an animal designated as a welfare species, and who legally possessed the animal in California prior to January 1992. The permittee may only possess and provide care for the animal(s) specifically listed on their Department approved permit inventory. No other activity is authorized except that which is medically necessary for the care of the animal.
Aquaculture $464.50 Issued to any person who is a registered aquaculturist, pursuant to Section 235 to import, transport, possess and sell only those species listed on the Department approved permit inventory.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Detrimental Species $464.50 Issued to any person accredited by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to import, transport, and possess only those species designated as detrimental and listed on the Department approved permit inventory for breeding, exhibition, or for bona fide scientific or public health research.
Breeding $464.50 Issued to any resident who possesses the qualifications listed in Section 671.1(c)(1) to import, transport, and possess only those species listed on the Department approved permit inventory for breeding, but only if the Department determines the breeding will not result in unneeded or uncared for animals or the species is threatened or endangered.
Fish $464.50 Issued to any person who is a resident and is in the retail, wholesale or importation business of selling fish or aquaculture product only those species listed on the Department approved permit inventory.
Single Event Breeding for Exhibitors $56.14 Issued to any resident exhibitor who possesses the qualifications and establishes a need to conduct a one-time, single breeding of an animal, which is listed on the Department approved permit inventory. The permit may be renewed annually, but only upon written verification by a veterinarian accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the breeding authorized by the former permit was not successful.
Resident Broker/Dealer $464.50 Issued to any resident to act as a broker or dealer in a transaction involving the buying and/or selling of restricted species, or who is the business of transporting restricted species within the state between permittees. Special Restrictions: Minimum Caging Period. Animals may be kept in transport caging for a period not to exceed 48 hours. An additional 48 hours may be approved by an enforcing officer or a veterinarian accredited by the USDA.
Nonresident Broker/Dealer $921.25 Issued to any nonresident to act as a broker or dealer in a transaction involving the buying and/or selling of restricted species, or who is the business of transporting restricted species within the state between permittees. Special Restrictions: (1) Minimum Caging Period. Animals may be kept in transport caging for a period not to exceed 48 hours. An additional 48 hours may be approved by an enforcing officer or a veterinarian accredited by the USDA. (2) The nonresident dealer shall only transport animals between permittees authorized by this Section or between AZA accredited institutions and permittees or ship them out of state in compliance with Federal guidelines.
Resident Exhibiting $464.50 Issued to any resident who is in the business of exhibiting animals and who possesses the qualifications listed in 671.1(c)(1) to import, transport, and possess only those species listed on the Department approved permit inventory for commercial exhibition purposes.
Nonresident Exhibiting $921.25 Issued to any nonresident who is in the business of exhibiting animals and who possesses the qualifications listed in 671.1(c)(1) to import, transport, and possess only those species listed on the Department approved permit inventory for commercial exhibition purposes.
Native Species Exhibiting $464.50 Issued to any resident who is in the business of exhibiting animals and who possesses the qualifications listed in 671.1(c)(1) to import, transport, and possess only those species listed on the Department approved permit inventory for commercial exhibition purposes. Animals are nonreleasable wildlife that originated in the wild in this state and remains property of the state.
Nuisance Bird Abatement, Resident $464.50 Issued to any resident who is in the business of abating nuisance birds and who possesses the qualifications listed in 671.1(c)(1) to import, transport, and possess only those species listed on the Department approved permit inventory for commercial nuisance bird abatement purposes.
Nuisance Bird Abatement, Nonresident $921.25 Issued to any nonresident who is in the business of abating nuisance birds and who possesses the qualifications listed in 671.1(c)(1) to import, transport, and possess only those species listed on the Department approved permit inventory for commercial nuisance bird abatement purposes.
Research (Detrimental Species) $464.50 Issued to any university, college, governmental research agency, or other bona fide scientific institution, as determined by the Department, engaging in scientific or public health research to import, transport, and possess only those species designated as detrimental and listed on the Department approved permit inventory for breeding, or for bona fide scientific or public health research.
Shelter $56.14 Issued to any resident, who possesses the qualifications listed in Section 671.1(c)(1), and who has a statement in writing signed by the Department's regional manager verifying the need for a shelter or similar facility in the area, to transport and possess restricted species for humane purposes only. The permit fee may be waived upon recommendation of the regional manager when it is determined to be in the best interest of the public, the animal, or the Department. Special Authorizations: (1) A permittee may exhibit animals at its facility for fundraising purposes. (2) The Department may authorize a permittee to import restricted species upon receipt of written verification that appropriate facilities outside of California were contacted and no housing was available, and that these specific animals would be euthanized if they cannot be imported into California.
Scientific Collecting Permits are issued to take wildlife and marine plants for bona fide scientific, educational, or propagation purposes to: (1) Employees of local, state and federal agencies who take specimens in connection with their official duties; (2) Faculty, professional staff, college level students of, or individuals hired by; public or private companies, educational institutions, zoological gardens or aquariums, in or out of state; (3) Individuals who take wildlife or marine plants for other permittees or pursuant to environmental protection documents required by law; and (4) Individuals who possess a valid federal Bird Marking and Salvage Permit. Holders of this federal permit are not required to obtain a state permit to take migratory birds, other than raptorial birds. Application and Additional Information (PDF)
Scientific Collecting Permit $307.50 Issued to any resident or nonresident to take or possess, in any part of the state, for scientific, educational, or propagation purposes, mammals, birds and the nests and eggs thereof, fish, amphibians, reptiles, or any other form of plant or animal life.
Scientific Collecting Permit, Student $51.50 Issued to any resident or nonresident student in a school of collegiate level who is required by an instructor in wildlife research in the school to collect specimens used in laboratory work in the school under supervision and in connection with a course in wildlife research or in the conduct of wild.
Application Fee $103.00 Except students, required with any application and to amend an existing Scientific Collecting Permit. Application and Additional Information (PDF).
Student Application Fee $25.75 Required by students with any application and to amend an existing Student Scientific Collecting Permit.
Suction Dredge Permit See Suction Dredge Permit sales have been suspended until further notice Suction dredging (also called vacuum dredging) is defined as the use of a suction system to remove and return material at the bottom of a stream, river, or lake for the extraction of minerals.
Valid February 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014
Entitlements Fee Description
“Guide” means any person who is engaged in the business of packing or guiding, or who, for compensation, assists another person in taking or attempting to take any bird, mammal, fish, amphibian, or reptile.  “Guide” also includes any person who, for profit, transports other persons, their equipment, or both to or from hunting or fishing areas.
Application and Additional Information (PDF)
Guide License, Resident $210.38 Any resident who engages in the business of guiding or packing, or who acts as a guide for any consideration or compensation at all, must first secure a guide license from the Department.
Guide License, Nonresident $484.00 Any nonresident who engages in the business of guiding or packing, or who acts as a guide for any consideration or compensation at all, must first secure a guide license from the Department.
Guide Employee Registration $46.35 Any employee of a guide licensee who acts as a guide only in connection with, and within the scope of their employment by a guide licensee is exempt from obtaining a guide license if all of the following conditions are met: (1) If the employment is subject to and the person is reported to the carrier of the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. (2) If the person is subject and reported to the state and federal taxing authorities for withholding of income tax. (3) If the person is registered by the Department, as an employee of the guide prior to any contact with any person being guided and a registration fee has been paid.
Application and Additional Information (PDF)
Valid July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013
Entitlements Fee Description
Commercial Hunting Club License 1 Property
$215.27 2-5 Properties
$530.25 6-10 Properties
$1,053.00 11 or More Properties
$2,098.50
Issued to any person in possession or control of property who imposes or collects a fee for the privilege of taking birds or mammals thereon, or who imposes or collects a fee for any type of entry or use permit which includes the privilege of taking birds or mammals on the property, is maintaining a commercial hunting club if birds or mammals are taken on the property. This requirement does not apply to any hunting club or program licensed under other provisions of this code, or to any person who receives less than $100 per entrant and receives less than a total of $1,000 between July 1 and the following June 30 for permission, entry, access, or use fees which include the privilege of hunting on property in his or her possession or control or to any landowner not involved in the operation of the club.
Falconry License $77.51 Issued to any person at least 14 years of age, in possession of raptors to take game or nongame birds or mammals. Must also possess a hunting license.
Falconry Application Fee $13.91 Required at the time of examination and/or processing new and renewal applications.
Nonresident Raptor Capture Permit $318.50 Issued to any nonresident who wants to take raptors in from the wild in California and is licensed to practice falconry in another state.
Fur Agent License $86.78 Issued to any person who is employed by a licensed fur dealer to engage in the business of buying, selling, trading, or dealing in raw furs only on behalf of the fur dealer and not on his own behalf.
Fur Dealer License $173.04 Issued any person engaging in the business of buying, selling, trading or dealing in raw furs of fur-bearing mammals or nongame mammals.
Licensed Domesticated Migratory Game Bird Shooting Area $198.28 Issued to any person engaging in the raising and releasing, or the releasing, of domesticated migratory game birds for shooting by persons who pay for that privilege.
Trapping License, Resident $111.50 Issued to any person to trap for the purposes of abatement, recreation, or commerce in fur any fur-bearing mammal or nongame mammal.
Trapping License, Nonresident $549.25 Issued to any nonresident for the purpose of trapping only if the state in which they reside provides for issuance of a nonresident trapping license to California residents. Also, a nonresident issued a license under this subdivision may take only those species, and may take or possess only that quantity of a species which a California resident may take or possess under a nonresident trapping license or permit in the state of residence of that nonresident.
Trapping License, Junior $37.34 Issued to any resident for the purpose of trapping who is less than 16 years of age.
Valid August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013
Entitlements Fee Description
Licensed Game Bird Club, 500 Acres or less $359.25 Issued to any person who owns or controls the hunting rights on a tract of land, raises and/or releases domestically propagated game birds, and allow the taking of these birds under conditions that do not conflict with the public interest. Domestically propagated game birds include only the following: Pheasants of the species Phasianus colchicus, including all ring-necked pheasant races, Indian chukar, domestically reared wild turkey, Hungarian partridge, bobwhite quail, Coturnix quail, and other species as designated by the Commission.
Licensed Game Bird Club, over 500 Acres $477.00
Game Bird Club Seal $5.15 per book of 100 Required to be affixed to all pheasants, chukars, and turkeys taken on a licensed game bird clubs and licensed domesticated migratory game bird shooting areas by the club or shooting area licensee, or an authorized agent. Seals shall be applied immediately upon the hunters return to a club's headquarters. Seals must remain attached to the birds until they are finally prepared for consumption.