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No/low impact activitiesBroad incidental take permit and authorization

The broad incidental take permit and authorization (BITP/A) for no or low impact activities, as provided for under s. 29.604 Wis. Stats., allows for the incidental taking (mortality) of state threatened and endangered animals that may occur during specific development project activities. The department recognizes that some of these projects will have no impact or a very low impact to endangered resources in Wisconsin and therefore authorized this broad incidental take permit (used by non-state agencies and individuals) and broad incidental take authorization (used by state agencies).

Examples of activities that are considered and incorporated into this permit and authorization include land acquisitions, wetland delineations, sign installations and utility maintenance activities. An incidental take permit or authorization is typically issued on a project-by-project basis, however a broad incidental take permit and authorization were created for these specific situations so that separate applications, permit fees and public notice periods are not required.

The most recent revision of the No/Low Broad Incidental Take Permit and Authorization is dated August 22, 2014 and was authorized on August 25, 2014. This version replaces all previous versions.


Four general activity categories are covered under the BITP/A, which includes all state endangered and threatened species.

  1. General
  2. Utility
  3. Transportation
  4. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Standard Practices

Any individual, organization or agency whose activity meets all of the components listed in the no/low impact activity list during the entire project is covered by the BITP/A and does not need to conduct any further review for endangered resources.

If your project is covered by this BITP/A but requires other DNR permits, an ER Review Verification Form [PDF] should be completed and attached to your other permit applications to show that ER requirements have been met.

If the activity is not covered in Table 1, the project will require either an Endangered Resources (ER) Review or the submittal of a Proposed ER Review by a certified reviewer. [PDF]

Reporting requirements

Annual reporting is required of all commercial, governmental or non-profit entities that conduct projects covered under the BITP/A to monitor and verify the use and application of this permit/authorization. Users of the BITP/A should place documentation in the project file when the BITP/A is utilized. Additionally, they are required to submit the BITP/A Annual Report Form to the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation documenting that their activities were performed in accordance with the specifications, definitions and conditions defined herein.

Annual Report Form [PDF]

Certified reviewers

Certified reviewers please refer to the Certified ER Reviewer Toolkit for additional documents related to this broad ITP/A.

For certified reviewers, the BITP/A annual report can be included as an attachment to the ER Certification Program’s annual reporting form. This reporting requirement will be added to the conditions of the Natural Heritage Inventory data sharing license.

Contact information
For information on the BITP/A, contact:
Melissa Tumbleson
Endangered Resources Review Specialist
Last revised: Tuesday August 26 2014