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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