Streamlined fish and wildlife application moves to online only

To improve service, a variety of fish and wildlife applications will be available online

To improve service, a variety of fish and wildlife applications will be available online only, effective Monday, Feb. 2, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced Friday.

“B.C. is continuing to upgrade and expand services it provides to clients of the province’s natural resource sector,” said Thomson, “FrontCounter BC offers a state-of-the-art, integrated delivery model that will ensure applications are processed efficiently and effectively.”

The latest permits to move online include:

• Angling guide, game guide outfitters and transporters’ licences;

• Export permits;

• Transportation permits for endangered species, rainbow trout and farmed sturgeon;

• Scientific fish collection permits;

• Fur trade and trapping licences; and

• Various permits specifically required under the Wildlife Act, including permits for: possessing dead wildlife or wildlife parts; capturing, possessing or importing live wildlife; rehabilitating injured wildlife; and, operating a vehicle in an area closed under the act.

Hunting and fishing licences will continue to be sold through retailers, and fishing licences will still be available online.

FrontCounter BC took over the responsibility for fish and wildlife permitting on April 1, 2014.

There are 29 FrontCounter BC offices throughout the province, which now handle over 59,000 applications and enquiries annually.

For applications and further information, call toll free at 1-877-855-3222 or visit: www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca