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Captive Wildlife Announcements

Rule Development 

The Captive Wildlife Office is soliciting input on captive wildlife regulations in Florida regarding permits to operate a native wildlife rehabilitation facility and the current regulations governing native wildlife rehabilitation. The current rule language regarding native wildlife rehabilitation is in Rule 68A-9.006, F.A.C. 

There is no draft rule language at this time. Please use the public comment form to provide input, comments, or feedback regarding the current rehabilitation rule to inform possible rule amendments.

Captive Wildlife Permit Applications Moving Online

Class III Personal Pet (PPNC), Wildlife Rehabilitation (RNW), and Falconry (FAL) applications have moved to an online application system. Active permits will remain valid until their expiration date.

To apply for a PPNC, RNW, or FAL permit, new and renewal applicants must:

  1. Navigate to Go Outdoors Florida.
  2. Click the Captive Wildlife tile and Visit Site.
  3. Create a new customer account OR log in to your existing account if you have used the Go Outdoors Florida system previously.
  4. Once logged in, click “Apply for a Permit” to access the applications.
  5. Add the appropriate application to your shopping cart by clicking "Apply for Permit". Click on your shopping cart and click Checkout.
  6. After clicking Checkout, you will be prompted to complete the application. Complete all required fields and submit.
  7. Follow the system’s steps through the checkout process. You will not be charged, as the application/permits are free.

For more detailed assistance with the Go Outdoors Florida system (including account creation, submitting an application, and checking the status of your application), please contact Go Outdoors Florida Customer Help at (855) 779-5907 or customerhelp@gooutdoorsflorida.com.

For additional information, please view the Online Application FAQs.

Avian Influenza

Information to Captive Wildlife Licensees on Avian Influenza

Covid-19

Information to Captive Wildlife Licensees on COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)

Additional Information regarding wildlife and COVID-19

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Captive Wildlife Office.

Phone: (850) 488-6253
Email: CWApps@myFWC.com
Mail: Captive Wildlife Office, 620 S Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399