Last updated April 2023

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Licensing Division
Attn: SCP
PO Box 43154
Olympia, WA 98504-3154
(360) 902-2464, Option 4

Is a state permit needed for banding?

Yes. The application form expressly lists banding as one of the activities for which permission can be obtained. The regulation expressly defines the term “collect” as taking control or attempting to take control of wildlife.

Permit application forms

State lands

No collection shall occur in WDFW Marine Preserves or Conservation Areas or Wildlife Areas unless permission is obtained from the Area manager. Contact the appropriate WDFW Regional Office for information.

Permits are needed to work in the state parks.

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.


Statute: Revised Code of Washington. Title 77. Fish and Wildlife. RCW 77.32.240 Scientific permit—Procedures—Penalties—Fees.

Regulations: Washington Administrative Code. Title 220. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. WAC 220-200-150 Scientific collection permits.

Washington State endangered species law

Statute: Revised Code of Washington. Title 77. Fish and Wildlife. Section 77.12.020. Wildlife to be classified.

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina)
Streaked Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris strigata)
Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)