Wildlife business permits and licences

You need a licence in the Northwest Territories (NWT) for most types of wildlife-related businesses.

This information is intended as an overview. For more details, please review legislation and regulations related to wildlife in the NWT, requirements for Researching, observing and handling wildlife, and information about Hunting and harvesting.

Dealers in the meat of wildlife licence

Who needs this licence?

You need this licence if you plan to operate a business to sell the meat of lawfully harvested wildlife.

How much does it cost?

$220

Where can I get it?

Available in person from your local or regional Environment and Natural Resources office.

Commercial wildlife licence

Who needs this licence?

You need this licence if you plan to:

  • round up wildlife
  • hold wildlife
  • feed wildlife
  • transport wildlife
  • slaughter wildlife
  • process slaughtered wildlife
  • sell the meat, hides, horns antlers and by-products of slaughtered wildlife

How much does it cost?

New: $1,100     Renewal: $550

Where can I get it?

Available in person from your local or regional Environment and Natural Resources office.

Fur dealer licence

Who needs this licence?

You need this licence if you plan to operate a business of trading and trafficking in the raw hides and raw pelts of fur-bearers and big game.

How much does it cost?

New: $440     Renewal: $220

Where can I get it?

Available in person from your local or regional Environment and Natural Resources office.

Traveling fur dealer licence

Who needs this licence?

You need this licence if you plan to operate a business of trading and trafficking in the raw hides and raw pelts of fur-bearers and big game in multiple NWT geographical areas.

How much does it cost?

New: $440     Renewal: $220

Where can I get it?

Available in person from local or regional Environment and Natural Resources office.

Fur farm licence

Who needs this licence?

You need this licence if you plan to operate a business to propagate, raise and sell fur-bearers.

How much does it cost?

New: $440     Renewal: $220

Where can I get it?

Available in person from local or regional Environment and Natural Resources office.

Game ranch licence

Who needs this licence?

You need this licence if you plan to operate a business to propagate, raise, sell or display live game.

How much does it cost?

New: $440     Renewal: $220

Where can I get it?

Available in person from your local or regional Environment and Natural Resources office.

Outfitter licence

Who needs this licence?

You need this licence if you plan to provide equipment and guides to persons hunting big game, if you intend to or expect to receive money or money’s worth in exchange.

How much does it cost?

New: $880     Renewal: $440

Where can I get it?

Available in person from your local or regional Environment and Natural Resources office.

Guide licence

Who needs this licence?

You need this licence if you plan to guide hunters for money or money’s worth in exchange. In order to operate as a guide, you must be employed by an outfitter.

How much does it cost?

New: $110     Renewal: $55

Where can I get it?

Available in person from your local or regional Environment and Natural Resources office.

Tanner licence

Who needs this licence?

You need this licence if you plan to operate a business of tanning, dying or preserving raw hides and raw pelts of wildlife.

How much does it cost?

New: $220     Renewal: $110

Where can I get it?

Available in person from your local or regional Environment and Natural Resources office.

Taxidermy licence

Who needs this licence?

You need this licence if you plan to operate a business of preserving, preparing, stuffing or mounting wildlife.

How much does it cost?

New: $220     Renewal: $110

Where can I get it?

Available in person from your local or regional Environment and Natural Resources office.