Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Controlled Alien Species (CAS) Permit Application Forms

All Prohibited* CAS individuals require a permit.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES DESIGNATED AS CAS IN SCHEDULES 3 AND 4 OF THE CAS REGULATION ARE BANNED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

* “Prohibited CAS individual” is defined in the CAS Regulation and includes non-native species that pose a serious risk to human health or safety.

Permit Application Description

Permit Application

Personal Possession Permit

  • Individual Possession
Personal Possession Permit

Non-Personal Possession Permit

  • Accredited Zoo or Aquarium
    Means a zoo or aquarium that
    • is accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or
    • provides proof to the satisfaction of the director of meeting or exceeding the accreditation standards set by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
  • Certified Educational Institution
    Means a body that
    • is an educational body within the meaning of paragraph (a), (c), (d) or (d.1) of Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and
    • holds a valid Certificate of Good Animal PracticeŽ issued by the Canadian Council on Animal Care.
  • Certified Research Institution
    Means a body that
    • holds a valid Certificate of Good Animal Practice® issued by the Canadian Council on Animal Care, and
    • publishes the results of original research in a peer-reviewed scientific journal at least once a year.
Non-Personal Possession Permit

Commercial Filming Possession Permit

  • Organizations that possess, for the purpose of commercial filming, Prohibited CAS individual(s) that normally reside in B.C. Commercial filming means capturing images on film, videotape, disk or by other means undertaken with the intent of monetary return or for use as public educational, entertainment, promotional, or advertising material.
Commercial Filming Possession Permit

Transitory Possession Permit

  • For use in special circumstances (i.e. when Prohibited CAS individual(s) do not reside in B.C.) for the possession and transportation of Prohibited CAS individual(s) that will be brought into British Columbia and remain only for a short time before leaving.
Transitory Possession Permit

Rescue Centre Possession Permit

  • Rescue Centres

    For use by rescue centres** who wish to temporarily possess Prohibited CAS individual(s). This application is also for use by rescue centres who wish to transport Prohibited CAS individuals within B.C.

    ** Rescue centre is defined as an organization recognized by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations and whose mandate is to take in and find homes for unwanted Schedule 1 CAS individuals, but only for a period of no longer than 9 months.

Rescue Centre Possession Permit