Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Permit and Authorization Service Bureau

Accompany to Hunt Permit:

Eligibility and Steps to Obtaining an Accompany to Hunt Permit

Basic Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria must be met in order to proceed with an application for an Accompany to Hunt Permit:

  • Must be a BC resident, who is a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident (landed immigrant) of Canada;
  • Must be 19 years of age or older; and must have:
    1. Held a BC resident hunting licence AND a big game species licence for 3 of the 5 years immediately preceding application for this permit; OR,
    2. Successfully completed the BC Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education Program, and held a BC resident hunting AND a big game species licence for 2 of the 5 years immediately preceding application for this permit;
  • Must possess, or be qualified to possess, a BC resident hunting licence in good standing; and,
  • Must not have applied for or been issued an Accompany to Hunt Permit during the same licence year as the application.
  • A person is not eligible for a permit if another permit under section 70 (1) (a) of the Act has been issued for a different time period in the same licence year that applies to the non-resident or non-resident alien whom the person will accompany under the permit.
  • A person is not eligible for a permit under section 70(1) (a) of the Act if either the applicant or the non resident or non resident alien to whom the permit would apply, has been convicted of an offence:
    1. Specified under section 84 (1) (a) of the Act, within the 5 year period immediately preceding the application for a permit; or,
    2. Specified under (a) section 84 (1) (b) of the Act, or (b) the Firearm Act within the 3 year period immediately preceding the application for a permit.

Applicants may accompany either or both:

  • A non-resident - a person who is not a resident of British Columbia but who
    • is a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident of Canada; or,
    • Has his/her sole or permanent residence in Canada and has resided in Canada for the 12 month period immediately prior to the date of this application.
  • A non resident alien (a person who is neither a resident nor a non resident) whose relationship to the applicant falls within the following categories:
Father; Mother; Spouse;
Brother; Sister; Father-in-law;
Son; Daughter; Mother-in-law;
Uncle; Aunt; Son-in-law;
Nephew; Niece; Daughter-in-law;
Grandson; Granddaughter; Brother-in-law;
Grandfather; Grandmother; Sister-in-law.
NOTE: “COUSIN” is NOT an accepted relationship
  • Restriction of hunt area:
    • Applicants are restricted to hunt within ONE Region with a choice of three Management Units (M.U.s) within that Region.

Steps to Obtaining a Permit to Accompany a Non-Resident Hunting

  • Review the basic eligibility criteria, to ensure you can meet the requirements.
  • The following is required in order to proceed with the permit:

NOTE: Applications for Accompany to Hunt Permits must be received at least 4 weeks before the specified “hunt start date”.

Visa/Mastercard Payment Authorization Form [PDF 45KB]

Questions regarding permit requirements that are not addressed within these pages or for contact information visit:
Permit and Authorization Service Bureau.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Accompany to Hunt permits have any restrictions?
Yes, there are restrictions throughout regions on various Management Units and Species that can be hunted by non-resident hunters. Please contact above for specific restrictions.
Do I need to complete the Declaration of Hunt Report [PDF 122KB] if the hunt did not take place or if there was no kill?
Yes – the report must be completed in all cases. Permittees must submit a completed “Accompanied Hunt – Report Form[PDF 99KB] NO LATER than ten days after the “Hunt Finish Date” stated in the permit and royalty payment for each animal killed.
Are there royalty fees applicable to Accompany to Hunt permits?
Yes, fees are as follows:
  • Mountain sheep $250
  • Mountain goat $150
  • Moose $125
  • Elk $125
  • Caribou $125
  • Cougar $125
  • Black bear $75
  • Deer $50
  • Wolf $50
Where do I purchase Non-Resident Licences and Species tags?
These licences can only be purchased at Government Agent Access Centres (see link for locations) throughout the province or from the Fish and Wildlife Branch (click here for details) in Victoria.
Please note they can not be purchased at Sporting Goods stores.
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Commercial Recreation Application

Please note, new information regarding the following items has been added to the Commercial Recreation Application form:

  • Requirements when applying for a Park Use Permit for more than one park
  • First Nations Consultation
Specific Protected Area Notifications
Foch-Gilttoyees Park

New Park Use Permit (PUP) applications for Angling Guiding in Foch-Gilttoyees Park will not be accepted at this time as BC Parks requires management direction related to park visitor experience and potential visitor crowding and conflict in the Gilttoyees/Peechugh Creek area. To do this, BC Parks will hold a workshop in Fall 2013 that would engage existing operators, members of the recreating public and other interested commercial stakeholders. The intent would be to find ways to operate cooperatively and determine if additional use is made of this area of the park what type of procedures or guidelines could be followed to ensure an angling opportunity exists for all visitors (recreation or commercial) to the area. Should it be determined that increased use beyond the current levels is not achievable within guidelines or other recommendations, then BC Parks would seek to provide permits using a Request for Proposal process once the current permit terms expire. If you have any further questions or would like to discuss permitting issues in Foch-Gilttoyees Park, then please contact Ben Sabal, Lakelse-Douglas Channel Area Supervisor at (250) 798-2277 or via email at Ben.Sabal@gov.bc.ca. If you would like to provide comment or be involved in the upcoming Fall 2013 workshop, please contact David Brown, Senior Park Planner at (250) 798-2277 or via email at David.R.Brown@gov.bc.ca.

Film Production Park Use Permit Application

Please note, new information regarding First Nations Consultation has been added to the application form.

Specific Protected Area Notifications
MacMillan Park

Due to concerns about public safety associated with very high levels of use in the park and along the adjacent highway, BC Parks does not allow commercial filming within MacMillan Park from May 15 through September 15.

Land Use/Occupancy Park Use Permit Application

Please note, new information regarding First Nations Consultation has been added to the application form.

Ecological Reserve – Research & Education Park Use Permit Application

Please note, new information regarding First Nations Consultation has been added to the application form.

Research & Education Park Use Permit Application

Please note, new information regarding First Nations Consultation has been added to the application form.

Fees for Park Use Permits and Resource Use Permits:
Requirements when applying for a Park Use Permit for more than one park

BC Parks requests that you only apply for those parks that you believe are necessary for the successful operation of your business. This will assist BC Parks in processing your Park Use Permit application and reduce the potential for delays that can occur when multiple parks are listed in the Park Use Permit application.

If you are applying for a Park Use Permit with more than one park, please provide the following information for each individual park:

  • describe why access to each park is important to your business
  • describe the anticipated frequency of your activity in each park on an annual basis
  • identify the expected number of client days in each park on an annual basis

NOTE: If this information is already included in the Proposal (Management Plan) you will be attaching to the application, you are not required to provide it again.

Credit Card Authorization Form: Park Use Permits

DO NOT send the Credit Card Payment Authorization Form or credit card details by email. You can either fax the form to our office or contact our office and provide the required information.

Our contact numbers are:

Office #: 250-387-2928 (ext 3)
866-433-7272 (ext 3)
Fax #: 250-387-1695

Credit Card Authorization Form: Fish and Wildlife

DO NOT send the Credit Card Payment Authorization Form or credit card details by email. You can either fax the form to our office or contact our office and provide the required information.

Our contact numbers are:

Office #: 250-387-2928
866-433-7272
Fax #: 250-387-1814