Last updated April 2023

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Permit Coordinator
Ohio Division of Wildlife
2045 Morse Rd, Bldg G
Columbus, OH 43229
(800) 945-3543

Is a state permit needed for banding?

Yes. Per the regulation:

1501:31-25-01 Wild animal permit regulations.

(A) The following regulations are hereby established by authority of sections 1531.08, 1533.08 and 1533.09 of the Revised Code.

(C) Persons desiring to engage in bird banding activities shall receive banding permit from the division of wildlife. banding permits allow banding and release activities only. All birds killed or injured during banding activities, shall be provided to the division of wildlife or transferred to an approved wild animal permit holder. All banding permit holders must have or work under the authority of a valid banding or marking permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Permit application forms

State lands

Permits are required for work on state parks, state forests, and nature reserves.

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.


Regulation: Ohio Administrative Code. 1501-31. Division of Wildlife.

1501:31-25-01 Wild animal permit regulations.

Ohio state endangered species law

Statute: Ohio Revised Code. Title 15. Conservation of Natural Resources. Chapter 1531. Division of Wildlife. 1531.25 Protection of species threatened with statewide extinction.

Regulation: Ohio Adminstrative Code. 1501:31. Division of Wildlife. Chapter 1501:31-23-01. Special  Endangered Wild Animal Regulations.


Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
King Rail (Rallus elegans)
Kirtland’s Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)


Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)
Rufa Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa)
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)