photo of a red urchin
Red Urchin and invertebrates on Cordell Bank. Credit: NOAA

A permit is required when an individual wishes to conduct an activity within a sanctuary that is otherwise prohibited.

Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions to help determine if a permit is required for your proposed activity. Guidance on how to apply for a sanctuary permit and information on how permit applications are evaluated can be found on this page.

Permit applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In general, the types of activities that may qualify for a permit include research on sanctuary resources, educational activities, and activities that further sanctuary management objectives.

How to Apply

For most proposed activities, an Office of National Marine Sanctuaries permit application must be completed. Please read the general guidance and instructions prior to submitting a permit application. Guidance, instructions, application forms, and related information can be found here.

Where to Apply

Submit completed applications to the office for the sanctuary in which you plan to conduct the activity. For Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, email the application to Lilli Ferguson, the Sanctuary's permit coordinator, at Applications may be also be submitted by mail or fax.

Sanctuary Prohibitions

Activities prohibited in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary can be found in program regulations here. If your proposed activity includes any prohibited action, a permit is likely required.