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Natural Areas Permits
By applying for a permit you help the Natural Areas Department track activities in natural areas to manage impacts, increase safety and avoid conflicts. Permit applications are reviewed and considered based on impacts to the natural area, agricultural and cultural resources, habitat and visitor experience.
New! Changes to Special Use Permits for Research Review Timeline
The Natural Areas Department has seen a large increase in applications for Special Use Permits for research projects. Due to limited staff time to review and approve the permits and the impacts of research on natural areas values, these new procedures are necessary.
In 2019, special use permits for research will be reviewed twice a year. Applications are accepted year-round.
DEADLINES FOR RESEARCH PERMIT APPLICATIONS: February 4 and September 3, 2019.
Thank you for your understanding as the Natural Areas Department works to balance conserving natural areas, limited staff time, and support for research.
Special Use Permits
A Special Use Permit is required for a variety of activities that would normally violate a natural area, county or state regulation. The Natural Areas Department may permit activities that allow for a safe and enjoyable experience while minimizing impacts to natural resources and visitors. There is no charge for Special Use Permits.
Commercial Use Permits
A Commercial Use Permit is required for commercial use activities on City of Fort Collins Natural Areas or facilities for which fees or donations are charged to a third party by an entity other than the City, or for the purpose of marketing or promoting a commercial entity. There is an administrative fee of $50 in addition to relevant user fee charges.
Research permits are for groups or individuals seeking to do long-term or short-term research in City of Fort Collins natural areas to obtain data or research information. Those leading instructional courses or workshops that include a research component should apply for a Special Use Permit. There is no charge for Research Permits.