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Nuisance Wildlife Control License

This license authorizes an individual to take/trap, transport and release wildlife whenever the animal becomes a nuisance, destroys property or threatens public safety. The individual can conduct these activities for commercial purposes or as an employee of a municipality. If you have a nuisance wildlife problem, please visit our list of Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators.

License Details


  • General (Commercial) License: $50
  • Municipal License: No Fee

License Duration

1-year (October 1 - September 30)

What This License Allows

  • Taking, transporting and releasing, or euthanizing wildlife when such wildlife damages or destroys property or poses a threat to public safety.
  • For a General (Commercial) License holder only: Charging a fee to provide wildlife removal services for a property owner or lessee.

What This License Does Not Allow

  • Trapping or taking the following species without an additional special permit:
    • Endangered/threatened species. Requires an endangered/threatened species license from DEC's Special Licenses Unit.
    • Migratory birds (i.e. woodpecker, raptor, etc.). The homeowner requesting removal must acquire a federal migratory bird permit (External Link) from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
    • Certain wildlife species, including: white-tailed deer, black bear, beaver, otter, mink, muskrat, fisher, marten, bobcat, wild turkey, water snake, snapping turtle. Requires special depredation permit from a regional DEC wildlife office.

How to Apply

  1. Pass the nuisance wildlife control operator examination with a score of 80% or higher:
  2. Complete and submit the Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator License Application (sent in mail after passing the exam).

Renewing & Reporting

License Renewal

Licenses expire annually on September 30 each year. A renewal form will be sent by mail prior to the license expiration date noted on the license. If a license renewal form is not received at least 2-weeks prior to the expiration date, please contact us.

Annual Reporting

Complete the Nuisance Wildlife Control Log (PDF) (95KB) (view Instructions (PDF) (49KB) on completing the log) and submit by September 30 each year. Required for all licensed nuisance wildlife control operators.

Laws & Regulations

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

To find a law click on the link, click on ENV, find Article 11, click on the appropriate law.

Contact Information

DEC Special Licenses Unit
Address: 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233
Phone: 518-402-8985

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