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.
You can apply for a PTA using BC Hunting Online. Online application require a basic BCeID. You must also have your Fish & Wildlife ID (FWID) and appropriate credentials prior to submitting your application for this permit. 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.
To apply for a PTA, the hunter 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
- Have 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'll be required to provide the Fish & Wildlife ID number, Last Name, First initial and relationship (if accompanying a non-resident alien) of each person being accompanied.
$55.00 Permit Fee
Fees are payable at the time of application. Applications will not be processed until the fee has been paid.
The payment can be made by one of the following payment methods:
- Online via Credit Card (Visa, Visa-Debit, Master Card, American Express)
- By Mail: By cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance
- Credit Card payments are securely processed online in the final step of the application process. To find out more about the acceptable payment methods in each office location please visit selected FrontCounter BC location.
- The Habitat Conservation Trust Fund surcharge is included in the above fee(s).
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. Your payment and documents will be entered into the appropriate systems. 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.
A decision will be made on whether to issue a permit or not after a full review of your submission.
Please be advised to read the regional restrictions in the region you want to Hunt. It is advised that the Statutory Decision Makers will not approve Permit to Accompany applications for the species to which restrictions apply in the given region. Review the regional hunting restrictions.
Issuance of Permit
Starting spring 2018, 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 Fish & Wildlife ID 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 permit to accompany must submit a permit to accompany (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.
Starting fall 2019, 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 in BC Hunting can be paid through the BC Hunting Online portal, or over the counter at a Service BC or 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, LEH 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 .