Nature Conservation Licence - Australian Capital Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to undertake any activity that involves native animals, plants or exotic species. Licences are granted for a variety of purposes, including scientific research, education and commercial trade. Licences may allow you to take, keep, kill, put on public display, sell and import or export native animals, plants or exotic species in the Australian Capital Territory.

If your application is successful, you will need to maintain a record of the animals you keep in accordance with the terms of your licence.

A licence is not needed to keep, possess, breed, buy, sell or dispose of species listed on the Exempt List. However, the animals must come from a legal source, and may not be taken, or come from the wild.

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 licence you must:

  • apply in writing
  • outline the intended activity requiring a licence
  • outline the purpose of the activity
  • show that the intended activity complies with any relevant risk management plan, action plan, native species conservation plan or controlled native species management plan
  • identify the place where the intended activity is to be carried out
  • if the activity involves a native species, provide the number of each native species involved in the activity.

Additionally, you must also provide information regarding your suitability to hold the licence, including Information relating to:

  • any conviction, or guilt, of an offence relating to the environment, plants, animals, land or water resources
  • any non-compliance in relation to the environment, plants, animals, land or water resources
  • any refusal of an application for a licence relating to the environment, plants, animals, land or water resources
  • any other information relevant to your ability to appropriately carry on an activity in relation to the environment, plants, animals, land or water resources.

If the activity involves keeping an animal, an inspector may need to review the:

  • enclosure type and dimensions
  • feeding requirements of the species you intend to keep
  • interior details of enclosure (for example, heating, lighting and ventilation)
  • enclosure furnishings
  • hygiene and cleaning procedures.

You will need to demonstrate the benefits to future wildlife management (scientific or educational) of the project before it will be approved. It is recommended that before submission of an application you should discuss your proposed project with the Contact Officer.


5 years


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Fees are listed on the attached document.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Nature Conservation Act 2014 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate


Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.