The Agency issues a wide variety of permits, certificates and licenses.
If you know which of our 3 departments issues the permit, certificate or license that interests you, go to:
Or see a list of permits issued by other State Agencies that are commonly requested.
Use the Natural Resources Atlas to view multiple permit types in a GIS environment.
DEC issues a wide array of permits - the most of any department within the Agency. DEC's Permits Specialists serve as the initial staff contact for applicants to assist in identifying the necessary state permits for any given project and are a good starting point.
The Permit Handbook includes a list of many permits, mostly those issued by DEC.
Animal Importation, Possession and Collection Permits
To protect Vermont’s wildlife and people the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department monitors the movement of fish and wildlife through the following permit programs:
- Importation & Possession
- Temporary Exhibition
- Commercial Dealer
- Commercial Collection
- Scientific Collection
- Fish Importation
- Hunting-related Permits - For falconry, tracking dogs, bear dogs, field trials, live hare trapping, regulated shooting ground etc.
Threatened and Endangered Takings Permit
Threatened & Endangered Species Takings Permits may be issued by the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources for the "taking" of plants or animals listed as Threatened or Endangered in Vermont pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 5408 and 10 V.S.A. App. § 10 after obtaining the advice of the Endangered Species Committee.
Wildlife Depredation Permit
Depredation permits are issued only to properly accredited persons or institutions for the purposes of preventing the propagation of game or food fish and may take, permit or cause to be taken at any time wild animals which are doing damage.
Licenses and Special use Permits
A permit may be necessary for use of ANR land if the activity: is organized or publicized; involves a fee (charged to participants); alters a site or alters/removes natural resources; may conflict with other established uses, or; when group size exceeds 10 people, including guides.
A new on—line application process can help you find out what kind of permit you need, or you can contact the District Office in your region.
Heavy Cut Permit
An Intent-to-Cut Notification must be submitted to the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation ONLY IF a landowner plans to conduct a heavy cut of 40 acres or more. "Heavy cut" is defined as "a harvest leaving a residual stocking level of acceptable growing stock below the C-line, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture silvicultural stocking guides for the applicable timber type."
Burning permits are issued by town forest fire wardens when burning is deemed safe.
Roadside Firewood Lottery Permits
State-owned lots are available to Vermont residents for personal firewood collection. The Firewood program's popularity has grown to the point where demand for lots now exceeds available supply; thus, in 2009 FPR instituted a lottery system to distribute permits.
Permits Issued by Other State Agencies (that are commonly requested)
- Act 250 - Administered by the Natural Resources Board
- Burn Permits - Administered by your local town fire warden
- Gasoline / Fuel Dispensing - Administered by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
- Ginseng Gathering - Administered by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
- Pesticide Regulation - Administered by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
- Section 248 - Administered by the Public Service Board
- Christmas tree or firewood gathering permits on the Green Mountain National Forest lands