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State Land Access Permits

For Long Island Public Lands Managed by DEC

Instructions to Obtain the State Managed Land Access Permit

The State Managed Land Access Permit (PDF) must be submitted online, walk-in service is currently prohibited.

If you are using a web browser like Chrome, Firefox or Safari, clicking the link will open the form in your computer's web browser. Once the application is open in your browser, click the download or PDF icon in the upper right-hand corner and then click open in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

You must use Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to complete and submit the application form electronically. A link is available for the free software to be downloaded (leaves DEC website). For best results, you should be using the most recent version of Adobe Reader.

Most mobile devices allow users to open and view the application form. However, the current generation of Adobe Reader for mobile devices does not allow users to complete our application forms. You must use a PC or a MAC to complete and submit the form.

PC or MAC's

If you already have Adobe Acrobat Reader DC installed or after installing the necessary software, open the form in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. A link to the form can be found below or to the right. If you are using a web browser like Chrome, Firefox or Safari clicking the link will open the form in your computer's web browser. Once the application form is open in your browser, click the download or PDF icon in the upper right-hand corner and then click open in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

Once you have the file open in Adobe, complete the requested information.
You only need to fill in the first page, the second page will automatically be filled out.

After completing the requested information, click the Submit by E-mail button. Do not change the form into a different software program or format (scanning, copy & paste, etc.) before submitting. You do not need to add an electronic signature.

When prompted select the appropriate email type.

After e-mailing the permit press the Print Form button. The Print Form button will print both your access permit and your parking permit. You must print the permit single sided so that you access permit is separate from your parking permit. After printing the permits, they must be signed. Once the paper copies are signed, the permits are valid and ready for use

You will receive an e-mail confirming that your permit has been received and submitted correctly. The e-mail may not be immediate as it is not an automated reply.

You DO NOT need to mail a signed copy of your permit to the DEC.

If you have questions regarding the access permit application, please email R1LandUse@dec.ny.gov or call (631) 444-0270.

Seasonal Access Permit

A State Managed Land Access Permit (PDF) is required for all activities on all NYSDEC managed lands on Long Island except for Waterway Access Sites.

A State Managed Land Access permit is needed for anyone over the age of 12 to access DEC managed lands on Long Island. The access permit must be carried at all times while on the property and your Managed Land Parking Permit must be visibly displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle while you are on the property and/or boating ramp facility. This permit is free and valid for three years. Permit holders must observe regulations for use of NYSDEC managed lands in Suffolk County.

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Information for Hunters

In addition to the three-year seasonal access permit, a daily access permit is required for all hunting on Rocky Point and Otis Pike Preserve properties during November and December and for deer hunting on all applicable properties during the special January firearm deer season. Consult the public hunting opportunities in Suffolk County web page for information on obtaining hunting permits.

Group/Special Use Permits

Group permits and special use permits are also available for appropriate activities. It is recommended groups seeking these permits apply for them 30 days prior to a planned activity.
To request a group or special use permit, mail a request to:
Forestry, NYSDEC - SUNY at Stony Brook
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790.

Sporting Licenses (Valid Statewide)

To purchase hunting and fishing licenses, individuals may visit: