Permission to Obtain and Exhibit a Prescribed Animal - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require permission if intend to exhibit or display certain species of animal. These species are detailed in the regulations and include a variety of:

  • sharks and rays
  • fish
  • amphibians
  • reptiles
  • birds
  • mammals
  • hybrids.

You will be required to obtain approval to purchase or otherwise acquire prescribed animals prior to their exhibition. You will also be required to obtain approval if you intend at any stage to sell or otherwise dispose of prescribed animals you have been exhibiting.

Please be aware that permission is required in addition to the requirement for a licence or approval for animal display establishments and exhibition of animals at mobile establishments. Obtaining these licences will require a separate approval process.

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 requirement if you intend to exhibit animals only in the course of either:

  • 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 you must:

  • complete and lodge an application form, accompanied by the application fee and all associated documents
  • comply with the relevant standards for the exhibition of animals, including provisions contained in animal welfare legislation
  • obtain appropriate public risk insurance
  • display the permit, once obtained, at the premises at which your exhibition is conducted
  • implement measures to ensure veterinary drugs kept at your exhibition are accessed and administered only by veterinary practitioners, and that veterinary equipment is safely disposed of
  • develop and implement a plan to educate spectators at your exhibition with regard to the conservation of animals
  • maintain appropriate records of animals you exhibit
  • 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 you exhibit
  • maintain a supply of anti-venom and an emergency treatment plan for any venomous animals you exhibit
  • house and exhibit animals in a way that ensures the safety of spectators, 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.


Expires on 1 July each year.



Fee per species.

GeneralMiscellaneousPlease note that additional fees may apply if you do not hold a licence to exhibit animals.



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

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

Enquiries, Animal Welfare Branch
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

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