Licence or Permit to Operate a Rodeo - Victoria

Service summary

You will require a licence or permit if you intend to conduct a rodeo event in Victoria. Rodeos are events that use cattle and horses for exhibitions and competitions in:

  • bronco riding
  • bareback bronco riding
  • bull riding
  • steer riding
  • roping
  • steer wrestling
  • team roping
  • buck jumping
  • rough-riding
  • animal dogging.

A rodeo licence allows the licence holder to hold multiple rodeos while the licence is in force.

A rodeo permit authorises the permit holder to run a single rodeo event on a specified date.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • be accredited by an approved rodeo organisation
  • take responsibility for the management of all animals used
  • care for the safety and well being of all animals used
  • agree to comply with the licence or permit conditions imposed by the Agency
  • notify the Manager of Animal Standards of the details of the rodeo 28 days prior to the rodeo commences and ensure that they can attend the event
  • nominate a veterinary practitioner who will attend the rodeo
  • lodge all required forms and information
  • pay any required fees.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

If you hold a rodeo licence, you must notify the Department 28 days prior to a rodeo event of the following:

  • the start and end dates of the rodeo
  • the start and end times of the rodeo
  • the location
  • the details of the nominated veterinary practitioner attending the rodeo
  • a list of the events to be held at the rodeo
  • the name of the approved rodeo organisation.

Your obligations include:

  • to provide proper and sufficient food, water and shelter to all animals involved
  • ensure the arena, chute and yard fencing can contain the animals, is clearly visible and will not cause injury to the animals
  • ensure animals are not drugged or hypnotised.



Fees will vary depending on your activity. Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Approval time

Your application must be lodged at least 28 days prior to the proposed date of the rodeo.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Operating address:
475 Mickleham Road
Attwood, Victoria 3049
Mailing address:
PO Box 2500


03 9217 4200


03 9217 4416

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