Permit to Destroy Wildlife - South Australia

Service summary

This permit enables the holder to destroy prescribed native animals for non-commercial purposes. The destruction of any animal should aim to minimise suffering of the animal and must comply with animals welfare standards outlined in the Animal Welfare Act 1985, regulations subordinate to that Act and Codes of Practice where they exist. Further information is obtainable from Regional offices.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

The applicant must be the Landowner/Manager/Lessee/resident of the property.

Assessment considerations:
The application will be assessed with consideration of the following;
1. Extent of economic/environmental damage being caused or is likely to be caused by wildlife,
2. Whether wildlife represents a threat to human safety,
3. A range of non lethal methods have been tried with limited success,
4. The destruction provides an effective method of minimising the impact of wildlife,
5. The technique used to take wildlife is humane and complies with appropriate Codes of Practice or
animal welfare standards,
6. The impact of the activity will not detrimentally affect ecological sustainability and species

It is a condition of permit that a 'Summary of animals destroyed under permit' is completed within 14 days of permit expiry. Persons who have recently held a Permit to Destroy Wildlife will not be issued with a new permit until they have completed the 'Summary of animals destroyed under permit' for their previously held permit/s. This information can be supplied by either completing the tear off slip located at the bottom of the permit or by providing the information on the new application.


As designated (not exceeding 12 months).



Additional information

Completed applications should be sent to the nearest DEWNR office to where the property is located and where the wildlife impacts are being sustained.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Act(s) name

National Parks & Wildlife Act 1972 (South Australia)

Contact details

Wildlife Policy Officer

Operating address:
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001



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