For additional information,
please contact

Dolores Noyes
360-902-2349
FAX: 360-902-2392
Dolores.Noyes@dfw.wa.gov

 

 
Applying for a Special Use Permit

Download Application:

Instructions:

  1. Download application.
  2. Take application to your Licensed Medical Physician with intimate knowledge of your condition for certification. (Nurse Practitioner- ARNP’s and Physician’s Assistant certifications are NOT accepted)
  3. Review entire packet with your physician. Applications must be completed in full or will be returned.
  4. The physician's statement MUST declare the diagnosed disease, disorder, or injury which severely impairs your ability to participate in recreational activities or access department lands. Unequivocal and conclusive evidence must substantiate the disability certification. Copies of the testing protocol and results may be submitted with this application, or may be requested for further examination. Questions pertaining to hunting or fishing regulations, equipment design & use, acceptable testing methods, or have a patient with a disability not meeting the criteria above may call the number listed below.
  5. Return completed application to address below.
  6. Allow 4 - 6 weeks for processing.

Dolores Noyés, ADA Program Manager
PO Box 43139
Olympia, WA  98504
360-902-2349

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WDFW Special Use Permit Program

The Department of Fish and Wildlife provides protection, preservation, management, and restoration of Washington’s natural environments and the ecological communities that inhabit them. This includes management of human use for public benefit.

WDFW is dedicated to improving opportunities for people with disabilities through reasonable access accommodations or equipment modifications. People with permanent non-operable disabilities may have unique needs due to their impairments. ADA Special Use Permits allow a specific exception to a recreational activity, service, or regulation. Each Special Use Permit is customized on a case by case basis to the individual’s particular needs.  WAC 232-12-819

Special Use Permits (SUP) are available to any person who has applied for, receives, and maintains in good standing "Disability Status" with Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife; and who has a permanent non-operable physical or cognitive disability; and the disability is certified by a licensed physician through the SUP application process.

Examples of accommodations: mouth or chin trigger mechanisms, iScope sights for visually impaired, crossbow device for bilateral ROM weakness, spin-casting gear in fly fishing waters for upper extremity amputee, electronic duck call for COPD.

Eligibility Criteria for Special Use Permits

Lower Extremity Qualification:
A person who has permanent non-operable physical lower extremity impairment and is not ambulatory over natural terrain without a lower extremity prosthesis, or must permanently use an MD medically prescribed assistive device every time for mobility, including, but not limited to, a wheelchair, walker, crutch, leg brace, or oxygen bottle; or who have lost the use of one or both lower extremities, or who have a severe physical limitation in the use of one or both lower extremities, or who have a diagnosed permanent disease or disorder which substantially impairs or severely interferes with mobility.

Upper Extremity Qualifications:
A person who has permanent non-operable physical upper extremity impairment and is physically limited in their ability to hold and safely operate a legal hunting or harvesting device; or who have lost the use of one or both upper extremities, or who have a severe physical limitation in the use of one or both upper extremities, or who have a diagnosed permanent disease or disorder which substantially impairs or severely interferes with the use of one or both upper extremities.

Visual Impairment Qualifications:

  1. Blindness is a central visual acuity that does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with corrective lenses, or the widest diameter of the visual field does not exceed twenty degrees.
  2. Low Vision is a severe loss of visual acuity ranging from 20/70 to 20/200 while retaining some visual function.
  3. Visual impairments may include, but are not limited to: Albinism, Aniridia, Aphakia, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, or other similar diagnosed permanent disease or disorder.

Cognitive Intellectual Developmental Disability:
Such as: cerebral palsy, down syndrome, epilepsy, autism, or another neurological condition of an individual found to be closely related to an cognitive intellectual disability or to require treatment similar to that required for individuals with intellectual disabilities, which originates before the individual attains age eighteen, which has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely, and which constitutes a substantial limitation to the individual, as defined in RCW 71A.10.020.

Other Power Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD)
A person with a mobility disability who has permanent non-operable physical lower extremity impairment and is not ambulatory over natural terrain without a lower extremity prosthesis, or must permanently use an MD medically prescribed assistive device every time for mobility, including, but not limited to, a wheelchair, walker, crutch, leg brace, or oxygen bottle; or who have lost the use of one or both lower extremities, or who have a severe physical limitation in the use of one or both lower extremities, or who have a diagnosed permanent disease or disorder which substantially impairs or severely interferes with mobility.  (Please call to request this specific form)