Applying for a Permit
- Submit your application at least 30 days in advance of the
proposed start date for the research or collection activity.
- Submit your research and collection permit application
- Interdepartmental review and approval is often required for
proposals involving natural areas, ecological reserves,
wilderness areas and
heritage rangelands. This extends the time required to prepare
and issue a permit. A proposal like this must be submitted well in
advance of proposed start of the project.
- Permits or approvals may also be required from other
agencies and organizations to conduct research or engage in
collection activities. Obtaining a research and collection permit
from Parks Division may be contingent upon having permits or
approvals in place related to
- Additional permits related to site access may also be
necessary. The type of access required must be identified in the
research and collection application for Parks
- Aircraft landing and firearms permits may also be required. It
may be necessary to follow-up with the regional or district office.
The following information is required for a permit
- Applicant's name and contact information
- Project members' names and contact information
- Commencement and termination of field operations
- Description of project, methodology and details surrounding
specimen collection and location of specimen placement
- Details regarding where researchers will stay while in a
- Name of person who will supervise field operations in the
- Description of vehicles used for research project,
including off-highway vehicles
- Anticipated written products of the project
For a multi-year project, a research and collection permit is
issued on a calendar year basis only. As the permit expires on
December 31, a permit renewal is required if the project is to
continue in the following year. The permit renewal application must
be submitted by November 30.
During a research project, researchers may be able to
stay in a campground or other park accommodation. Approval must
be provided by the appropriate park staff.
Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation and Alberta Culture are
partners in the Online Permitting and Clearance (OPaC) system.
Please refer to the OPaC User Guide for assistance.
OPaC has separate portals for applications for
- Parks-related research
- Historical Resources Act clearances
for small-scale oil and gas developments and
for archaeological permits
Alberta Culture has more information on applying for Historical Resources
Online Permitting and Clearance is the sole means of applying
for a research and collection permit on any lands
under the administration of Alberta Tourism, Parks and
- Apply for a research and collection permit
- Apply for an amendment or renewal of a research and collection
- Submit progress and final reports related to a research and
Permitting and Clearance features include
- A one-time registration providing users with individual
password-protected accounts to complete, submit and track the
progress of their research applications
- Communication by e-mail, notifying users when applications have
been received, requesting changes if necessary and sending back
approved applications and any other required documents
- General conditions apply to all permits.
- Special conditions may also apply to issued permits. These
outline unique or special circumstances related to the research
activities and/or the site of the project.
- Permit holders must comply with all conditions relating to