What type of activity requires a permit?
The hunting of wild animals using certain methods, at certain times or in certain places is regarded as prohibited and will require a permit.
Why do I need a permit?
Sections 29 and 33 of the Nature Conservation Ordinance outline a number of hunting methods that are considered to be prohibited. These methods include:
- Hunting with the aid of artificial light
- Hunting on or from a public road
- Hunting by means of any trap
- Hunting at night
- Hunting by means of a bow and arrow
All of these hunting methods are considered to be prohibited in the Western Cape, and a permit is required to use any of them to hunt any wild animal.
It is important to note that researchers who wish to collect any wild animal (including birds and insects) using a trap (which, by definition, includes the use of mist-nets, cages, box-traps, birdlimes, etc) must also apply for a prohibited hunting method permit before collecting any specimens.
There are concessions for scientific research collections (including bird-ringing permits).
How do I go about getting a permit?
You can either submit a completed application form (see the relevant forms below) and supporting documents (including proof of payment) to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can apply online through the CapeNature permits portal at https://www.capenature.co.za/permits-information.
In order to facilitate the various permutations for hunting wild animals using a prohibited hunting method, CapeNature has created bespoke application forms for each type of wild animal movement. Please select the application form/permit type appropriate to your activity and method.
How long will it take me to get a permit?
Your permit should be issued within three to 30 working days, depending on the species to be hunted, the method and the purpose.
What is the cost of the administration fee?It will cost R150 per application.