Flora Permits

CapeNature is the regulatory authority in the Western Cape for the issuing of permits for fauna, flora, hunting and CITES.

Through the Permit Office, CapeNature strives to provide administrative support which is effective, fair and efficient, and monitor compliance in terms of all relevant environmental legislation.

Where to apply for flora permits

CapeNature Head Office or any regional office.

Flora Permits

Endangered Flora Permit

Validity period

For transport usually one month; for possession three years.

Why must I have a permit?

In terms of section 62 of the Ordinance no person shall without a permit be in possession of, sell, buy, donate, receive as a donation, pick or import into, export from or transport in or through the Western Cape any endangered flora.

Download: CapeNature Application Form for Endangered Flora

Flora Export & Import

Validity period

Permits are valid for one month from date of issue but may be issued for longer periods upon well motivated request.

Why must I have a permit?

In terms of section 70 of the Ordinance no person may export any flora from the Western Cape Province or import any protected flora specified in CITES Appendix II into the Province without a permit.

Download: CapeNature Application Form – To Export And Import Protected Flora

Permit to Pick Flora

Validity period

Permits are usually valid for one year from date of issue but may be issued for longer periods upon well motivated request.

Why must I have a permit?

In terms of section 63 of the Ordinance no person shall, without a permit, pick any endangered or protected flora from property that he or she is not the owner of, without a permit.

In addition, no person may pick any flora on a public road or on the land on either side of such road within a distance of ninety metres from the centre of such road, without a permit. In addition to a permit, to pick any flora from property that one is not the owner of, that property owner must grant his permission in writing to the permit holder allowing him to pick the species of flora mentioned on the permit.

Download: CapeNature Application Form To Pluck Protected Flora

Certificate of Registration as a Grower and Permit to Sell Endangered Flora

Validity period

Permits are valid for one year from date of issue.

Why must I have a permit?

In terms of section 62 of the Ordinance no person shall, without a permit, sell any endangered flora that has been cultivated by that person without that person, firstly, being registered as a grower of such species of endangered flora and, secondly, that person receiving a permit to sell such endangered flora.

No permit is required to purchase, receive as a donation, transport or be in possession of any endangered flora that has been sold or donated by a registered grower/seller of endangered flora, as a receipt or similar such written document will suffice.

Kindly take note that a receipt or similar such written document does not permit the export of any endangered flora from the Western Cape Province and a separate permit must be applied for, to export any such endangered flora from the Province.

It is important to note that, with regard to Cycads, such annual permits to sell endangered flora are applicable only to plants classified as “seedlings”.

Cycad seedlings are any species of Cycad with a stem diameter less than 15 centimetres, other than the following species: Encephalartos caffer, E. cerinus, E. cupidus, E. humilis, E. ngoyanis and E. umbeluziensis, where any plant with a stem diameter less than 7 centimetres is regarded as a seedling.

Any plant with a stem diameter greater than 15 centimetres (or 7 centimetres for the fore-mentioned six species) is classified as an “adult plant” and to sell, buy, donate etc. any such plant that is legally in one’s possession requires the prior acquisition of an “Endangered Flora Permit” as mentioned below.

Validity period

Registered grower: licence valid for one year from date of payment.

Registered seller: licence valid for three years from date of payment.

Why must I have a permit?

In terms of section 65 of the Ordinance no person may sell protected flora without the prior registration of that person as a flora grower or seller and the acquisition of the appropriate licence to sell protected flora.

* The same application, registration and licence system applies to those that grow and sell artificially propagated/cultivate protected flora, except that licences for such operations are issued free of charge.

Download: CapeNature Application Form – For Registration As A Grower Or Seller Of Protected Flora

Fynbos Field Guides

The Flower Valley Conservation Trust has partnered with the Universities of Durham and Newcastle to put together The Field Guide for Wild Flower Harvesting, aimed at fynbos harvesters and landowners. The guide provides information on fynbos, the threats to fynbos and the need to harvest responsibly. Click on the links below to download the Field Guide in either English, Afrikaans or Xhosa (A pdf file will open in a new tab).

English: A6 version | Web Version

Afrikaans:  A6 version | Web Version

Xhosa:  A6 version | Web Version