Swallows are included in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918; as such they cannot be captured, injured, purchased or sold without a permit. Further, the California Department of Fish and Game considers nesting season for the swallows to be between February 15 and September 1, so between those dates the nests cannot be touched without a permit. (Outside of those dates, there are no restrictions on moving the nests.) Generally a permit will only be granted if the nest is located in a place where it might cause harm or illness to humans.
All migratory birds in the US, including swallows, are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Parts of the birds including feathers, and nests, are also protected and are illegal to disturb.
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