Permits for Restricted Activities – Category 2 Invasive Species

How do you apply for a permit for a Category 2 Invasive Species?

  • Any person wishing to carry out a restricted activity in terms of a Category 2 listed species must apply for a permit through the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE).
  • Category 2 listed species may be plants or animals.
  • Conditions and exemptions will be stated on the permit informing the permit holder of what activities can or cannot be undertaken with the listed invasive species.
  • Restrictions on the permit may include breeding, cultivation, or transporting across provincial boundaries.

A Permit Application Form be downloaded here:


Cost of lodging an application for a permit​

  • ​Import into the Republic – R200 per species
  • All restricted activities – R100 per species
  • Renewal of permit – R50 per species
  • ​Appeals – R50 per species

Who issues permits for Category 2 species?

Biosecurity Directorate: Issuing Authority
Department of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment
14 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8000

T:  +27 (0) 21 441 2748/ 2725/ 2756/ 2812/2707

Applying for a permit BEFORE you sell a Category 2 species.

If a person wishes to sell, donate or transfer a Category 2 listed species, the new owner must make an application for a permit before the sale or transfer can commence.

Chapter 6 of the Regulations covers the Risk Assessment Framework.

  • A risk assessment must be undertaken for an application for an import permit for an alien species.
  • Risk assessments must be carried out by a suitably qualified and registered Risk Assessment Practitioner. The Institute or issuing authority may also undertake the risk assessment.
  • Results of a Risk Assessment may be reviewed by Provincial Authorities to which the alien species is destined. 

Importing alien species

  • Anyone wishing to important an alien species in South Africa must apply for an importation permit.
  • The application must be accompanied by a Risk Assessment to prove that the species does not pose a risk of invasion in South Africa. There are also veterinary and quarantine requirements that must be adhered to.
  • All imported specimens must be accompanied by veterinary health certificates or phytosanitary certificates as official declaration by the exporting authority that the risk of such specimen becoming a potential vector of invasive diseases or pathogens has been effectively managed. 

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