Pest Animal Permit - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this permit if you wish to keep, sell, import, or release a pest animal in Victoria.

This does not apply to a pest animal that is kept for medical, veterinary or biological research purposes, under the authority of a licence issued under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.

Pest animals are non-native (introduced) species that are, or could become established in the wild, and threaten the environment, human health or farms.

The Agency may declare a particular species of animal to be a pest animal if it the poses a threat to the environment or health.

Animals that have been declared to be pest animals include:

  • Asian black-spined toad;
  • Cane toad;
  • European hare;
  • Goat (feral or wild only);
  • European rabbit (feral or wild only);
  • Red fox;
  • Smooth newt; and
  • Wild dog or dingo-dog hybrid (feral or wild only).

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

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;

  • Undertake to comply with any permit conditions;
  • Submit the required form; and
  • Pay the prescribed fee.

Please consult the responsible agency for further information.

Ongoing requirements

Your permit may be subject to conditions including:

  • Sterilising the animals;
  • Keeping the animals securely;
  • Identifying the animals by implant or branding; and
  • Limits on the number of animals you may bring into Victoria, keep, sell or release.



Please consult the responsible agency for further information on fees to be submitted with your application.



Application for Authority to Keep Pest Animals - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Plants and Animals

Act(s) name

Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (Victoria)

Contact details

Customer Service Officer
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Plants and Animals


13 61 86


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