Approval to Construct an Animal Display Establishment - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to construct an animal display establishment. This grants approval to establish, operate, extend or alter a zoo, marine park, aquarium or other establishment where animals are exhibited.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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


You may be exempt from this approval if you intend to exhibit certain types of fish or wildlife only in either:

  • the course of their display for sale
  • a competition, race, or rodeo
  • an agricultural demonstration, show or parade
  • an authorised scientific experiment
  • the operation of a fish farm or similar establishment
  • a meeting of an organisation dedicated to the keeping of those animals
  • a school 'show-and-tell' activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval, you must:

  • complete and lodge an application form, accompanied by the application fee and all associated documents (including a separate application form for each enclosure you intend to construct)
  • comply with the relevant standards for the operation of animal display establishments, including provisions contained in animal welfare legislation
  • obtain permission to display any animals for which a permit is required
  • obtain appropriate public risk insurance
  • display the approval, once obtained, at the premises at which your establishment is located
  • implement measures to ensure veterinary drugs kept at your establishment are accessed and administered only by veterinary practitioners, and that veterinary equipment is safely disposed of
  • develop and implement a plan to educate visitors to your establishment with regard to the conservation of animals
  • maintain appropriate records of animals kept at your establishment
  • notify the agency in the event of the escape of any animal, an injury caused by an animal to a member of the public, or the widespread outbreak of any serious disease amongst the animals at your establishment
  • maintain a supply of anti-venom and an emergency treatment plan for any venomous animals at your establishment
  • house and exhibit animals at your establishment in a way that ensures the safety of visitors, without tethering animals for any purpose other than veterinary treatment or grooming
  • employ an adequate number of trained and competent staff.

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



Up to 12 months.


This authorisation expires on 1 July each year.



New, renewed or transferred licence for thirty or fewer animals.

Licence$1,035.00New, renewed or transferred licence for more than thirty animals.

Fee for each proposed alteration to an existing establishment.




Applications for renewal of existing approvals must be lodged in May of each year.

Additional information

You will need to meet additional requirements if you intend to construct or operate an establishment where dolphins or whales are exhibited.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
NSW Agriculture

Act(s) name

Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Exhibited Animals Protection Regulation 2010 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Licensing Clerk, Animal Welfare Unit
Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
NSW Agriculture

Operating address:
161 Kite Street
New South Wales 2800
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 21
New South Wales 2800


02 6391 3149


02 6391 3570

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