Private landowners, corporations, state or local governments, or other non-federal landowners who wish to conduct activities on their land that might incidentally harm (or "take") a species listed as endangered or threatened must first obtain an incidental take permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
To obtain a permit, the applicant must develop a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), designed to offset any harmful effects the proposed activity might have on the species. The HCP process allows development to proceed while promoting listed species conservation. The "No Surprises Policy" provides assurances to landowners participating in HCP efforts.
For assistance or to inquire about permits, contact your U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office(s):
Endangered Species List(s)
Additional state regulations may apply. For information on state rules relating to endangered species contact the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Also, look below under "Additional Information" for links to applicable regulations.
Additional Information for Massachusetts: