Reptile Keeper's Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to keep reptiles for commercial or private purposes.

The reptile licensing and record-keeping system allows the Agency to monitor which reptile species are being kept, bred or traded. This licence allows you to obtain reptiles from other people who legally hold them, including licensed pet shops. This licence does not permit you to take animals from the wild.

There are two classes of licence:

Class 1 authorises you to keep most of the common species that are easy to look after such as:

  • Eastern snake-necked turtle;
  • Eastern water dragon;
  • Eastern bearded dragon;
  • Common bluetongue;
  • Children's python; and
  • Carpet python.

Class 2 allows you to keep species that are difficult to keep, rare in the wild or dangerous venomous snakes. This licence allows you to also keep Class 1 species. Some of the species that can be kept under this licence include:

  • Lace monitor; and
  • Frilled lizard.

Please refer to the attached document for a full list of species included.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

The Class 1 licence is available to anyone over the age of 16 years. If you're under the age of 16 years, you must have parental / guardian consent. The Class 2 licence is only available to people who are over the age of 18 years who have had at least two years' experience in caring for Class 1 reptiles.

Additional criteria may need to be met before venomous species may be kept. Venomous snakes are grouped into three sub-categories and the most dangerous species can be kept only by more experienced keepers.

To be eligible for a licence you must:

  • Lodge a completed application form; and
  • Pay any required fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

Up to 5 years.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$50.00Companion Animal Keeper Licence.
Application$63.00Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for two years.
Application$143.00Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for five years.
VaryApplication$120.00

Upgrade to Advanced Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for two year upgrade.

Variation$240.00

Upgrade to Advanced Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for five year upgrade.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment
Office of Environment and Heritage
National Parks and Wildlife Service

Act(s) name

National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Wildlife Licensing and Management Unit
Department of Planning and Environment
Office of Environment and Heritage
National Parks and Wildlife Service


Mailing address:
PO BOX 1967
Hurstville, New South Wales 1481

Phone:

02 9585 6406

Fax:

02 9585 6401
Wildlife.licensing@environment.nsw.gov.au

Supporting information

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