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Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines

Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines are being developed for all species included Florida's Imperiled Species Management Plan. Completion of Guidelines for all species included in Florida's Imperiled Species Management Plan is anticipated in 2021.

While guidelines are being developed, stakeholders can provide written comments on the Guidelines to Public webinars will be conducted during public comment periods, which occur for each set of Guidelines developed. Public comment opportunities will be advertised in the Florida Administrative Register and on this webpage

These Guidelines are intended to provide clear information on the requirements established in F. A. C. related to intentional and incidental take permitting. They also provide guidance on species range, survey methodology, and recommended practices.

Guidelines Currently Available in Draft form

photo of a kestrel

The following draft Guidelines were made available for public comment from August 26 - September 26, 2020. Revised draft Guidelines incorporating feedback received during the public comment period will be presented at the December 2020 Commission meeting. A PDF copy of the webinar presented during the public comment period is available for download.  

Southeastern American kestrel draft guidelines

Florida tree snail draft guidelines


For questions or comments about permits, please visit our Protected Wildlife Permits page. To report a wildlife violation, please visit our Wildlife Alerts page.

For Florida Burrowing Owls, the FWC’s frequently asked questions provide additional information on protections and permitting for burrowing owls. You can read answers to the questions we received at our open house burrowing owl meetings in June and July 2017.