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Property owners may conduct an on-site relocation authorized under a 10 or Fewer Burrows permit. To submit a permit application, individuals must register in the online permitting system and pass the e-Learning curriculum. Instructions for applying for a permit as a property owner are below.

Property owner instructions

  • If you have not previously registered in the online permitting system, create your user profile. Please record your user ID and password for future use.
  • You are now ready to start the application process for a 10 or Fewer Burrows permit. From the landing page, select "Apply for a New Permit." Now from the dropdown menu, select "Gopher Tortoise 10 or Fewer Burrows." Under "Filer Type," located at the top of the application, select "Applicant." You will now see a message directing you to a link to complete the e-Learning curriculum. Click on the link and register for the course. After reviewing the course material and successfully completing the online quiz, please click on the link provided to continue the application process. Please note that you may need to re-enter the username and password that you set up for the FWC online permitting system.
  • You should now be able to complete the application process.
  • The following documents must be included as attachments to your application:
    1. A site plan showing all construction/development planned for the site
    2. A gopher tortoise burrow survey map
    3. An aerial photo showing the project boundaries, the on-site recipient area, the location of the pen (if the tortoises are to be penned), and the silt fencing around the construction area to prevent gopher tortoises from re-entering the construction area. At least half of the proposed on-site recipient area needs to be at least 25 feet from construction boundaries and have a depth of at least 10 feet.

Also, attach photos representative of the on-site recipient area if habitat suitability in the designated recipient area is not clear from the aerial photo, Google Earth, Google Street View or the county property appraiser’s website. If there are still questions about the suitability of the on-site recipient area (e.g., vegetation appears overgrown, no suitable forage, public roads, canals, etc.), contact a FWC regional conservation biologist to discuss options.