Fur Trader Licence

Fur Trader Licence

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A Fur Traders Licence is necessary in British Columbia to buy and sell furs. There are two types of Fur Trader licences:

  • A Resident Fur Traders Licence is issued to a person who makes their permanent residence in the Province of British Columbia and does their Fur Trading from that location.
  • A Transient or Non-Resident Fur Trader Licence is when the Fur Traders permanent residence is outside of the Province of British Columbia.

Costs and Responsibilities

$100.00 Resident Licence Fee 

$400.00 Transient Licence Fee 

Fees are payable at the time of application. Applications will not be processed until the fee has been paid. 

Fees can be paid online at the time of application, or at a FrontCounter BC location. See Payment Guidelines for more information.

The Habitat Conservation Trust Fund surcharge is included in the above fee(s).

Other considerations for New Applicants

  • A Fur Trader must complete a monthly report on purchases and sales of furs for that month and submit it to FrontCounter BC. If you require blank report forms, please contact FrontCounter BC.
  • A Fur Trader must ensure royalties are paid on Fur Bearing Animals purchases either by checking that the person selling the furs has paid the royalty or buying the royalty themselves.

Fees calculated on the electronic Fish and Wildlife application may not be the complete final fee. A Permit Clerk will contact you if late fees are owed or if other licence specific fees are outstanding.

What you need to apply


The following criteria must be met in order to proceed with an application for a Fur Traders Licence:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (i.e. a landed immigrant); and,
  • Must 19 years of age

Are you renewing your licence?

  • If you are renewing your licence, please note that your previous year's Monthly Purchase Record Reports must be received prior to your licence renewal being processed.

What happens after you apply

The target time frame for decision on your permit is 30 days*

*Processing time within the North East Region will be considerably longer as there is a required consultation process.

Your application will not be processed until payment has been received in full.

Receiving the application

Your application will be reviewed to ensure that it is complete. Your payment and documents will be entered into the appropriate systems. When necessary, you will be contacted for more information. 

An application will not be accepted and processed until all required information as well as payment has been received.

Decision Making

A decision will be made on whether to issue a permit or not after a full review of your submission.

Issuance of Permit

If your application is approved, the permit will be issued and sent to you by FrontCounter BC. If your application is not approved, you will be notified. 

NOTE: If you applied with a BCeID, you can use it to log in to the Manage your Natural Resource Applications webpage, where you can download your licence or permit if one has been issued. 

Wildlife Act

Tips for a successful application

Follow these tips to make the application process easier:

  1. Review this guide and have all the information and documents ready before you start filling out the application.
  2. Use a Basic, Personal or Business BCeID for your application. A BCeID is easy to get and allows you to save your application, reopen it, and check the status of your application online. Applications will automatically time-out after a certain period of inactivity if not saved.
  3. Contact FrontCounter BC before you begin, to help you with all natural resource applications.