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Permits and licences

Fishing Licence

Hunting Licence

Permit to Burn

Permits to burn are free. A permit to burn is required if you are lighting a fire outside of municipal limits for anything other than cooking food or warming yourself. Permits can be obtained from your local or regional Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) office. For permits to burn WITHIN Municipal Limits, contact your nearest ENR office, hamlet or band office. Remember, every fire is a potential forest fire hazard. Do not leave any fire unattended.

Permit to Cut Wood

Free wood cutting permits are required to harvest firewood in the NWT. You can pick up your free wood cutting permit from your local or regional ENR office.

Timber Cutting Permits or Timber Cutting Licence

Timber operations are required to follow all applicable federal and territorial legislation including the Forest Management Act and Forest Management Regulations. Operators wishing to harvest timber commercially in the Northwest Territories must apply to obtain an authorization to harvest timber. Authorizations for commercial timber harvesting are all volume based and include a timber cutting licence or timber cutting permit. More information on applying for timber cutting licences or timber cutting permits can be found in the Commercial Timber Harvest Planning and Operations: Standard Operating Procedures Manual.

Pesticide Permit

A permit is required to use commercial pesticides anywhere in the NWT. Contact ENR's Environment Division at 1-867-767-9236 ext. 53176 to get an application for pesticide permit and more information on the application process.

Wildlife Research Permit

A valid wildlife research permit is required for anyone who wants to study wildlife or wildlife habitat in the Northwest Territories (NWT). A permit is required to conduct a survey or census of wildlife or wildlife behaviour, administer drugs, collect or purchase specimens or carry out any scientific research relating to wildlife.