The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) adopted the Bald Eagle Management Plan on April 9, 2008.  The permitting regulations outlined in the Bald Eagle Management Plan Adobe PDF are now in effect.  Three types of eagle permits are now available through the FWC, these include:

Disturbance permits: For situations where there is a potential for the disturbance or take of eagles. FWC Bald Eagle Disturbance Permit Application Adobe PDF.

Nest removal permits: For situations where an eagle nest is causing a threat to human health and safety or a threat to the safety of the bald eagles or their eggs or nestlings.

Scientific collecting permits: For research and data collection needs.

Species Conservation Planning Section staff issues permits authorizing impacts to Florida's protected land-dwelling wildlife.  Visit the Protected Wildlife Permitting page for information about how to apply.

USFWS Federal Eagle Permitting Links

For more USFWS eagle permitting and rule information please visit

The FWC highly encourages potential permit applicants to read the state and federal management plans to see if a state and/or federal permit is necessary.  The FWC also recommends that you review the step-by-step guidance to avoid disturbing eagles before beginning the permit application process.  Please contact us if you have any further questions regarding permitting.

Permitting Highlights:

Guidance to Avoid Disturbing Bald Eagles:
Complete this step-by-step questionnaire to determine if your proposed activity is likely to cause a disturbance to nesting bald eagles.  Recommendations on how to adjust your activities to avoid disturbing nesting bald eagles are provided.

Definition of Permitting Terms:
View a list of permitting terms and definitions, as taken from the 2008 Bald Eagle Management Plan.

Federal Regulations and Permitting Links:
Browse this collection of links to learn more information about federal policies regarding bald eagles and their nests.

Bald Eagle Management Plan: (Adobe PDF 540KB)
View a copy of the FWC Bald Eagle Management Plan adopted at the April 9, 2008 commission meeting.

Bald Eagle Handbook: (Adobe PDF 348 KB)
This handbook provides information for consultants, government agencies, private landowners, land-use planners, and others regarding new regulations, permit options, and the management guidelines

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