An Endangered Species Act Section 10(a)(1)(b) Incidental Take Permit is required for any “take” of an endangered or threatened species incidental to, and not the purpose of, an otherwise lawful activity.
This permit is not required for federal activities whose take has been evaluated in a Biological Opinion and described in an Incidental Take Statement. This permit does not authorize the incidental take of marine mammals.
All permit applications will be posted on our incidental take permit webpage.
To apply, please contact us for guidance on how to begin. Please allow adequate time (at least one year prior to the start of your proposed activities) to complete a permit application (PDF, 4 pages) and to develop a Conservation Plan or Habitat Conservation Plan.
A permit application should provide all of the information outlined in the application instructions (PDF, 4 pages), and for processing efficiency, in the same structure and format. If any section of the application does not apply to your proposed activity, please do not skip the section; rather indicate it is "not applicable" and briefly explain why. Please provide adequately detailed information so that we have a complete picture of your proposed activities. Incomplete or vague information will delay processing and may result in your application being returned.
Conservation Plans must based on the best available scientific and commercial data. They are designed to offset harmful effects a proposed activity might have on listed species. They also provide additional conservation benefits and flexibility for landowners by including planning for unlisted species. This proactive approach can reduce future conflicts and may even preclude listing of species, furthering the purposes of the Endangered Species Act. The process also provides an opportunity to develop strong partnerships with local governments and the private sector.
Please send your application for all species except sea turtles and Pacific salmonids to:
Chief, Endangered Species Division
National Marine Fisheries Service, F/PR3
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Telephone (301) 427-8403
Fax (301) 713-0376
For sea turtles, please send your application to:
Chief, Marine Mammal and Turtle Division
National Marine Fisheries Service, F/PR2
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Telephone (301) 427-8402
For Pacific salmonids, please send your application to the appropriate office:
Pacific Salmon Northwest Regional Office
National Marine Fisheries Service
7600 Sand Point Way NE Building 1
Seattle, WA 98115
Telephone (206) 526-6150
Fax (206) 526-6426
NMFS Northern California Coast Salmon
1655 Heindon Road
Arcata, CA 95521
Telephone (707) 825-5163
Fax (707) 825-4840
NMFS Central California Coast Salmon
777 Sonoma Ave., Room 325
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Telephone (707) 575-6050
Fax (707) 578-3435
NMFS California Central Valley Salmon
650 Capitol Mall, Suite 8-300
Sacramento, CA 95819
Telephone (916) 930-3600
Fax (916) 930-3629
NMFS Southern California Salmon
501 West Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802-4250
Telephone (562) 980-4020
Fax (562) 980-4027
We will use the information that you provide in your application and Habitat Conservation Plan to determine whether your application is complete, and whether to issue a permit for the proposed activities.
After you submit your application, we will review it and may request that you provide additional information. We cannot accept your application until we have all required information. Once your application is accepted, we will post it on our website and publish a notice in the Federal Register. We will solicit public comments on the justification of the incidental take. We will review all comments and give you the opportunity to provide responses for substantive comments. The Director of the Office of Protected Resources will decide to issue or deny the permit based on your application, public and expert comments, your responses to those comments, and the environmental analyses of the requested activities. Once we issue a permit, we will indicate its status and post it on our incidental take permit webpage.
Once your permit is issued, it is valid until the specified expiration date. All permits require annual reports on your incidental take, and we may require additional reporting.