Federal permits can be somewhat challenging, especially because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies that require permits have suffered increasingly serious staffing shortages over the past decade. The agency’s own regulation states, “The Service will process all applications as quickly as possible. However, we cannot guarantee final action within the time limit you request.”The Ornithological Council recommends that you submit all permit applications at least 90 calendar days prior to the date you intend to start work/import/export but in the case of endangered species permits, allow up to six months. The processing of endangered (but not threatened) species permits requires publication in the Federal Register, along with a 30-day public comment period.
To help you to help the agency expedite your permit applications, the Ornithological Council has published an article outlining “application best practices.”
Always feel free to contact the Ornithological Council if you have questions about permits or need assistance with your permit applications.
OC Import Guide (updated July 2020)
If you have any questions after reading the Import Guide or find areas that require further clarification, please contact the Ornithological Council.