Skip to Main Content

Breadcrumb

  1. Illinois DNR
  2. Conservation
  3. Natural Heritage
  4. Limited Permit (Hobbyist)

Limited Permit (Hobbyist) 




 Limited Permit to Possess (Hobbyist)

Allows persons to possess, purchase, or dispose of specimens or products of endangered or threatened animals or federal endangered plants that were acquired prior to May 1, 1973, or otherwise legally acquired.
Applicants must submit:
  • a statement demonstrating that specimens or products of endangered or threatened animals or federal endangered plants were acquired prior to May 1, 1973, or otherwise legally acquired, the applicant must provide a statement of purchase or a notarized statement explaining the circumstances of the acquisition of the specimens or products; and 
  • a description, including photographs, of the facilities intended for use in holding the endangered or threatened species (see facilities standards).
Propagation of endangered or threatened species by holders of limited permits is not allowed.

The holder of a limited permit may dispose of product(s) covered by the permit through sale, gift, or scrapping. Disposition by sale or gift must be reported to the Department prior to the transfer. Upon receipt of the name and mailing address of the intended recipient, the Department will provide the intended recipient with an application form for a limited permit. Upon approval of that application, the transfer will be permitted. Disposition of products by scrapping may occur without prior approval of the Director. When product(s) are scrapped, the limited permit allowing possession of said product(s) must be returned to the Department for modification and reissuance or for cancellation if the permittee has disposed of all covered items.

Application for permit for possession of endangered and threatened species



Additional Permit Information

Additional information that may be applicable to limited permits can be found here.