You will require this type of licence if you intend to posses, keep, breed, buy, sell, dispose of or display wildlife in permanent or fixed facilities. These facilities must have a clear conservation theme and provide information on the ecology of the wildlife displayed.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To display non-indigenous animals, you must first obtain a separate Pest Animal Permit.
To be eligible for this licence you must:
- Be a natural person (this licence is not issued to businesses);
- be aged 18 years or over
- submit an application form to the appropriate body
- have a suitable premise to house the wildlife, and be willing for these premises to be inspected prior to being issued a licence
- have approved planning permission and management plan
- have a clean criminal record, and have had a National Police Check issued in the past two years
- be a fit and proper person and be of good character
- pay the prescribed fees.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
You must comply with all requirements of the Codes of Practice related to your activities.
Throughout the year you must maintain accurate and up to date records to assist in monitoring wildlife possession and trade.
You will need to obtain the Agency's written approval prior to construction of any new enclosures, or modifications of existing enclosures, and to open the display facility to the public for six hours per day for at least 50 days in a six month period, and maintain a log book with details of when the premises is open to the public..
You will also be required to ensure that the entire perimeter is fenced so as to prevent the escape of any wildlife or the unauthorised entry of persons.
You will need to ensure that the welfare of the animals being displayed is not compromised and the display has a clear conservation and educational theme.
One year or as otherwise as indicated on the licence.
Fees for 2016-17.
Please lodge your application form, a copy of your National Police Check, a copy of your Management Plan, and any other associated documents directly with the Agency. Do not attach payment, as you will be invoiced for the fee if your application is approved following the inspection of your premises.
All Commercial Wildlife Licences expire on 30 June each year. Renewal of a Commercial Wildlife Licence is conditional upon submission of a 'Return for Wildlife', which must be received by The Wildlife and Game Licence Service by April 14.
Licence holders who meet this requirement will receive a renewal notice approximately 4-6 weeks before their licence expires on 30 June.
Six to eight weeks.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Plants and Animals
Wildlife Act 1975 (Victoria)
Wildlife Regulations 2013 (Victoria)
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