Basic Permit to Keep/Sell Protected Animals - South Australia

Service summary

A permit to keep and sell is required for animals listed as a basic species.

Animals listed as basic are common either in captivity or in their natural habitat, the keeping and selling of which has a minimal effect on naturally occurring populations. Animals must be lawfully obtained, eg captive bred or purchased from a licensed permit holder dealer.

A permit is not required to keep one individual, however the sale or disposal of that individual animal would require a permit. The sale of animals listed as basic 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 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

Basic Permits are generally issued on request. However to obtain a specialist permit, you will be required to prove you have the facilities, knowledge and experience to safely and properly care for the animal.


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


Per Year - $71.50

Applications lodged after the 1 January 2018 are applicable for the Half Year fee - $39.25

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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