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Threatened and Endangered Species Permits

The process of obtaining Threatened And Endangered Species Permits for your project demands a highly-skilled provider of the necessary biological assessments and documentation. The rules and regulations can be intimidating to even experienced project managers. Fortunately, ECORP has a team of biologists skilled in the permitting processes at the Federal, State, Regional, and local levels. When you use our services, ECORP guides you from project inception to implementation.

Do I Need State, Federal, or Local Permits?

Many projects require Federal, State, and local permits, ranging from residential development to grant-funded restoration projects. Hiring a consultant who understands the complex regulatory framework is critical to project success and cost-effectiveness.

The agency with jurisdiction determines which threatened and endangered species permits you need. In the case of overlapping jurisdictions, you may need a combination of permits. ECORP’s environmental staff have experience obtaining both stand-alone and combination permits for our clients.

Threatened and Endangered Species Permitting: California tiger salamander at Tesoro Viejo Project site in Madera
California tiger salamander observed at Tesoro Viejo Project site in Madera, California.
Threatened and Endangered Species Permitting: ECORP Senior and Staff Biologists conducting fish rescue at Llagas Creek, California
ECORP Senior and Staff Biologists conducting fish rescue at Llagas Creek, California.

Federal and State Permit Regulations

Most threatened and endangered species permits fall under the regulations of two Acts, one Federal and one State.

At the Federal level, compliance requirements for permits are specified by the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), Section 7, Consultations for Biological Opinions (which generally applies when there is a Federal nexus), and Section 10, Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP).

The California Endangered Species Act (CESA) governs these permits at the State level. Specifically, California Fish & Game Code Section 2081 establishes the compliance guidelines.

Local and Regional Threatened and Endangered Species Permits

ECORP stays current with local and regional rules and ordinances, so we understand the project’s permit requirements as thoroughly as those at the State and Federal levels. Regardless of the combination of jurisdictions, we provide all required documentation and manage the application process through to the issuing of permits.

Threatened and Endangered Species Permitting: A threatened juvenile Swainson's hawk being monitored by ECORP biologists
A Threatened juvenile Swainson's hawk being monitored by ECORP biologists.
Threatened and Endangered Species Permitting: Staff biologist Taylor Dee holding a Blainville’s (“Coast”) Horned Lizard
Staff biologist Taylor Dee holding a Blainville’s (“Coast”) Horned Lizard.

What Activities Require Threatened and Endangered Species Permitting?

Any project that disturbs known or potential habitat for special status species requires permits or agency approval. ECORP can help determine your project’s requirements which may include any of the following:

The ECORP Advantage

When obtaining environmental permits on behalf of our clients, ECORP’s wide range of technical services allows our clients to eliminate the need to hire several firms to get the job done. Internal coordination between services lowers costs due to efficiency, common data usage, and file storage. 

Threatened and Endangered Species Permitting: ECORP staff biologist handling a spadefoot toad
ECORP Staff Biologist Handling a Spadefoot Toad.

Contact ECORP for Your Project’s Threatened and Endangered Species Permits

Our exceptionally trained and experienced staff, unmatched knowledge of regulations and processes and professional working relationships with Federal, State, and local regulatory agencies make us the best choice for your project. You can be sure we will properly prepare and document your application for Threatened and Endangered Species Permits, to help ensure the highest likelihood of issuance. 

Contact ECORP today to discuss your project and learn more about our Threatened and Endangered Species Permitting Services.