Bird Keeper's Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to keep or sell non-exempt protected birds. This includes birds of certain species, such as finches, ducks, wrens, rosellas and cockatoos as listed by the Agency.

There are three types of licence:

  • Class 1: Includes birds traditionally sold through pet shops and requires basic knowledge of bird care for example turquoise parrot or crimson rosella.
  • Class 2: Includes birds that are difficult to keep and are not traded by pet shops. These species can only be obtained from specialist bird breeders for example ducks and honeyeaters.
  • Companion: If you want to keep just one bird as a pet, you may be able to apply for a companion bird keeper's licence.

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.

Exemptions

You will not require this licence if you hold a Fauna Dealer (Birds) Licence.

Eligibility requirements

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

Duration

The duration varies depending on the type of licence issued. Licences remain valid for one, two or five years.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$50.00

One bird.

Application$63.00

More than one bird: fee per class for two year licence.

Application$143.00

More than one bird: fee per class for five year licence.

VaryVariation$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.

Other resources

Approval time

21 working days.

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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