Transport Live Wildlife within BC

Transport Live Wildlife within BC

This application authorizes a person to transport live wildlife within British Columbia. See section 2(m) of the Wildlife Act – Permit Regulation.

Note: When applying under section 2(m), applicant must also indicate that they require a permit under section 2(o). See Release Wildlife from Captivity activity guidance for more information. Additional sections of the Permit Regulations may apply.

The permit holder must comply with all laws applicable to the activities carried out under this permit. Applicants should be aware of and follow the conditions indicated on their permit, should their permit application be approved.


About this Activity Guide

This guide summarizes the most common requirements and recommendations for your chosen activity and is designed to help you submit a complete application. Be aware that this information is for guidance purposes only.

Mandatory Authorizations

Authorization Name Link to Authorization Guidance Link to Application
Permit under Wildlife Act, Permit Regulation (section 2(m) Authorization Guidance Apply Now
Permit under Wildlife Act, Permit Regulation (section 2(o) Authorization Guidance Apply Now


Cost may be a specific value or range of values. The cost includes GST, where applicable.

Cost Type Cost Description Cost Link to Details
Permit Fee Fee paid for a permit issued generally or for the wildlife, purpose or method specified (if any) plus the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) surcharge (if any). $55 per year (may be more if in combination with other permits) Wildlife Act Permit Regulation - Schedule 3

Eligibility Requirements

Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements prior to applying.

Requirement Description
Wildlife Must be wildlife as defined under the Wildlife Act.
Possession Permit

Must hold a valid Possession Permit (if applicable)

  • Possess Live Wildlife for Falconry
  • Possess Live Wildlife on Public Display
  • Possess Live Wildlife not on Public Display
  • Possess Live Wildlife for Rehabilitation Facilities
Age Applicant must be at least 19 years old, unless a parent or guardian has given written consent to the application. A permit must NOT be issued to an applicant under age 10.

Information Requirements

Authorization Requirement Description Link to Details
New Application - Permit 2(m) Information to be provided on General Wildlife Application
  • Valid possession permit number (if applicable)
  • Number, age and gender of the wildlife
  • Description of any bands, tags, tattoos or other markings on the wildlife
  • Address of the proposed destination of the wildlife
  • Common Name and Scientific Name (see BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer to search for common and scientific names of wildlife species in BC)
Permit 2(m)
Public Safety Plan Demonstrate that public safety will not be jeopardized by any activity to be undertaken under the permit Public Safety Plan [PDF 103KB]
Renewal Application - Permit 2(m) Information to be provided on General Wildlife Application Previous permit number (authorization number) if applicable. Permit 2(m)
Reporting Requirements Any applicable reporting requirements
Link Description
Wildlife Act - Permit Regulation
Public Safety Plan

Other Things You Should Know

Archaeology Information
Archaeological sites are protected under the Heritage Conservation Act and must not be altered or damaged without a permit issued by the Archaeology Branch. Information regarding potential risks to protected archaeological sites may be obtained by submitting an online data request form to the Archaeology Branch or by contacting a professional archaeologist via the BC Association of Professional Archaeologists ( or via local directories. Visit the Archaeology Branch website for more information.

BCeID - What Is It and Why Get It?
BCeID is an online service that allows you to create a user ID and password to sign in securely to many Government services in British Columbia. The benefits of having a BCeID account include:

  • Stop and start. Save and return later to complete your application without losing any information previously entered.
  • Real time status information. Check the status of your application in real time.
  • Access your applications for multiple people (Business BCeID only) to edit or submit your application or check its status. To enroll in this service, visit the BCeID web page: FrontCounter BC - BCeID

Consulting with First Nations

  • The Province is committed to reconciliation as part of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Act.
  • The Province is responsible for ensuring adequate and appropriate consultation and accommodation, it may involve the proponent in the procedural aspects of consultation.
Proponents are encouraged to engage with First Nations as early as possible in the planning stages to build relationships and for information sharing purposes. To get more information about the guidelines and procedure manuals that are designed to assist government officials and proponents with meeting consultation obligations, please visit the Consulting with First Nations web page.

Legal Disclaimer
This guide provides the most current and accurate information available to the Government of British Columbia at the time of publishing; however, we make no warranty regarding the completeness, currency or accuracy of this information. This information is for guidance purposes only and does not replace legislated requirements. Each application is unique and circumstances may result in additional requirements beyond those included in this guide.

Last Updated: July 14, 2023