A Restricted Species Permit is required for the possession, importation, transportation, sale, transfer, and exportation of certain restricted exotic species in North Carolina. The list of restricted species includes the following:
Possession of Restricted Wildlife:
It is unlawful for any individual to import, transport, export, purchase, possess, sell, transfer, or release into public or private waters or onto lands of the State any species of:
Retail and Wholesale Establishments. Importation, possession, sale, transfer, transportation, and exportation of these species within North Carolina, by retail and wholesale establishments whose primary business is providing scientific supplies for research, shall be allowed by permit, provided the following conditions are met:
Government Agencies and Research Institutions. Purchase, importation, possession, transfer, transportation, and exportation of these species within North Carolina shall be allowed by permitted state and federal governmental agencies, corporate research entities, and research institutions, provided the following conditions are met:
Possession of Restricted Fishes:
It is unlawful to transport, purchase, possess, sell or stock in the public or private waters of North Carolina any live individuals of:
Download the current Limitations on Certain Exotic Species rules from the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings:
Fill out a completed Restricted Species Permit Application and submit to the Commission address listed at the bottom of the application form. There is a $10 fee for this permit, make check or money order payable to NC Wildlife Resources Commission.
All permit fees are non-refundable.
Restricted Species Permit Application (PDF)