Permit to Accompany Non-Resident or Non-Resident Aliens to Hunt Big Game

To hunt big game in British Columbia, non-residents and non-resident aliens are required to be accompanied by a licensed guide outfitter, assistant guide outfitter or a resident who holds a permit to accompany (PTA) a non-resident or non-resident alien to hunt big game. PTAs are for recreational purposes only. To guide non-residents or non-resident aliens for commercial purposes (i.e. when fees are paid by an individual to be able to hunt in B.C.), you must obtain and hold a valid guide outfitter licence.


How do I apply for a PTA?

You can apply for a PTA using BC Hunting Online. Online applications require:

Refer to the Hunting & Trapping Regulation Synopsis general open season tables to confirm the species and the management units you wish to apply for before submitting an application. If you are issued a PTA, you are eligible to apply for hunting licences on behalf of the non-resident/alien you will be accompanying during your hunting trip.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for a PTA, the applicant must be a B.C. resident, who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (landed immigrant) of Canada, 19 years of age or older; and must have:

  • Held a B.C. resident hunting licence and a big game species licence for 3 of the 5 years immediately preceding application for this permit;

or

  • Successfully completed the B.C. Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education Program, and held a B.C. resident hunting licence and a big game species licence for 2 of the 5 years immediately preceding application for this permit

The applicant must also meet the additional eligibility requirements:

  • Possess, or be qualified to possess, a B.C. resident hunting licence.
  • Not have already applied for or been issued a PTA during the same licence year.

A person is not eligible for a permit if:

  • A PTA has been already issued for a different time period in the same licence year that applies to the non-resident or non-resident alien whom the person wishes to accompany under the permit.
  • Either the applicant or the non-resident or non-resident alien, to whom the permit would apply, has a conviction specified under section 84 (1) (a) of the Wildlife Act, within the 5 year period immediately preceding the application for a permit, or specified under section 84 (1) (b) of the Wildlife Act or the Firearm Act within the 3 year period immediately preceding the application for a permit.

Who can you accompany?

Applicants may accompany either or both:

  • A non-resident – a person who is not a resident of British Columbia but who
    • is a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident of Canada; or,
    • has his/her sole or permanent residence in Canada and has resided in Canada for the 12 month period immediately prior to the date of this application.
  • A non-resident alien (a person who is neither a resident nor a non-resident) whose relationship to the applicant falls within the following categories: father, mother, spouse, brother, sister, daughter, son, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, grandson, grand-daughter, grandfather, grandmother, brother-in-law and sister-in-law.
    • Note: "COUSIN" is not an accepted relationship

You will be required to provide the FWID, last name, first initial and relationship (if accompanying a non-resident alien) of each person being accompanied.


Fees

The cost to obtain a PTA include a $50.00 Permit Fee and a $5.00 Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation surcharge. This fee is subject to change and does not include 5% GST.
Fees are payable at the time of application. Applications will not be processed until the fee has been paid.


What happens after you apply?

The target time frame for issuing your permit is 30 days. Your application will not be processed until payment has been received in full.

Receiving the application

Your application will be reviewed to ensure it is complete. When necessary, you will be contacted for more information. An application will not be accepted and processed until all required information as well as payment has been received.

Decision Making

A decision will be made on whether to issue a permit or not after a full review of your submission.

Please read the regional restrictions in the region you want to hunt. Decision makers will not approve PTA applications for species where restrictions apply.

Issuance of Permit

You do not need to carry a copy of your permit while hunting; however, you must carry a valid government-issued photo ID and be able to produce your FWID number. Conservation Officers will be able to access your profile and verify your permits in the field.

If your application is approved, the permit is issued and will be available on your Fish and Wildlife profile.


Permit to Accompany Report

Hunters holding a PTA must submit a PTA report no later than ten days past the hunt end date stated on the permit, regardless of whether the hunt took place. The PTA report includes information about both hunting effort and harvest. Where the accompanied hunter harvested wildlife subject to royalties, payments are due no later than 30 days past the hunt end date.

Your PTA report can be submitted through BC Hunting Online or at a FrontCounter BC office. Paper PTA reports are no longer accepted. Royalty payments for reports submitted through BC Hunting Online can be paid through the BC Hunting Online portal, or over the counter at a FrontCounter BC office.

Hunters holding a PTA permit who do not submit their PTA report or royalty payment within the specified time period will not be able to purchase hunting products (permits, licences, Limited Entry Hunting applications, etc.) until the report has been submitted and royalties paid.

Information that a permit to accompany holder must have available for reporting, for each accompanied hunter, includes:

  • Species hunted
  • Wildlife Management Unit(s) (WMU) where the hunt took place
  • Number of days hunted for each species and each WMU
  • The landmark where the hunting took place
  • The species licence number(s) for each harvest
  • Animal class of each animal harvested
  • Harvest date for each harvest
  • Harvest location for each harvest

For instructions on how to submit your permit to accompany report, review the quick reference guide on how to submit a PTA Report (PDF, 300 KB)

For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions. For instructions on how to obtain a FWID, hunting credentials and apply for a PTA please refer to our Quick Reference Guides.