Apply for a Protected Species Permit for Relocation or Destruction

A permit can be issued for one-time activities that would otherwise be prohibited by the Protected Species Act. The permit allows for the relocation and/or destruction of a protected species, under circumstances that cannot be avoided. For example, if the species presents a risk to human health and safety.

You can be fined up to $25,000 or get two years in prison if you relocate or destroy a protected species without a permit.

Permits will be given on a case-by-case basis as part of the planning process for the installation of utilities, trenching for cables, establishment of moorings, and building of structures.

What information do I need to provide to get a permit?

You will need to supply the following information in the application form:

  • Land title holder (if applicable)

  • Site address and grid coordinates

  • Species description and anticipated impact

  • Reasons for application and site description