California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Scientific Collecting Permit (SCP) Approval Process

The License and Revenue Branch (LRB) distributes scanned copies of the submitted application to the different Department Branches or Regions depending upon the species requested in the application. Biologists in the Habitat Conservation Planning Branch (HCPB) approve applications to take mammals, birds (including their nests and eggs), reptiles, amphibians, and non-game fishes.

When multiple species are requested on an application it may mean that application will be approved by multiple people and may go to multiple places for that approval. While we try to process all applications as quickly as possible, this process takes time, especially for permits that need multiple approvals or the application requests take of standard exceptions or use of non-standard collecting procedures. The approval process is tracked by a centralized, real-time database - contact LRB regarding the status of your application is the requisite processing time period mentioned on the application has passed.

After the applications are fully approved, they are issued by LRB.

ATTENTION: Although you receive a Scientific Collecting Permit, you may not have been authorized for everything you requested. Please carefully read the Conditions and Authorizations at the bottom of the Scientific Collecting Permit. (Please refer to the numbered Authorizations on the back of your Permit).

If you are using traps under the authority of your Scientific Collecting Permit, be sure to mark them with your Permanent Scientific Collecting Identification Number (SCIN). Your SCIN is prefaced with SC- followed by six digits and can be found at the top of your permit. Please also use your SCIN on all forms, applications, and other documents submitted to the Department.

Threatened, Endangered, and Fully Protected Species are Standard Exceptions to the SCP. These species are found on the Special Animal List, posted on the Department's Nongame website. Certain additional species, which you will find listed above the permit conditions and authorizations on the back of the SCP, are also considered Standard Exceptions. If you wish to take (capture, release, mark, or kill) any species listed in the Standard Exceptions, you will need additional written authorization to your SCP, usually via the Attachment form.

Species of Special Concern may be captured and released only while conducting documentation and identification activities (presence/absence surveys). If you wish to conduct activities other than, or in addition to, capture and release, such as marking or telemetry, you will need to complete the Attachment form to your SCP. To receive a copy of the Special Animal List, write the License and Revenue Branch, or download it from Special Animals List.