Specialist Permit to Keep/Sell Protected Animals - South Australia

Service summary

A Specialist Permit is required to keep and sell animals listed as a specialist species.
Specialist species are those animals which are not generally kept in captivity, animals considered to be of high status as a result of illegal trading or demand from trade (eg black cockatoos), animals which require special feeding or housing (eg koalas or wombats), animals which are endangered in their natural environment (eg golden shouldered parrot) or animals which require special expertise for handling and security (eg front fanged venomous snakes).

The sale of animals listed as specialist is restricted to such animals that have been bred by the permit holder or held for a period of not less than six months. If you wish to trade (buying and selling) in specialist animals, you will require a Specialist Fauna Dealer's Permit.

If you only want to keep rescued animals contact the agency direct.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Applicants are required to demonstrate the facilities, knowledge and experience to safely and properly care for specialist animals.


Date of issue to 30 June (1, 3, or 5 year permits available).


1 Year $126.00

Applications lodged after 1 January 2018 until 30 June 2018 are applicable for a Half Year fee - $68.50

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Act(s) name

National Parks & Wildlife Act 1972 (South Australia)

Contact details

Fauna Permit Unit

Operating address:
Level 1, 100 Pirie Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 1782
Adelaide SA 5001






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