Biodiversity Conservation Licence (Reptile Keeper) - New South Wales

Description

You may require this licence if you intend to keep a native reptile as a pet. You may keep native reptiles as pets under a Companion, R1 and / or R2 class licence. The class of licence depends on the number and species of reptiles you intend to keep.

For one reptile, you will require a Companion Animal Keeper Licence that allows you to keep one native reptile that has been bred by a licensed pet shop or breeder in captivity. For a list of what reptiles can be kept please see the attached document.

For more than one reptile, you will require:

  • Native Animal Keeper Licence, R1 Basic Reptile

This licence allows you to keep more than one reptile that has been bred in captivity as a pet. This licence allows you to add another class of animal in addition to a reptile. For example, you may also keep a snake and another kind of native animal as a pet. Reptiles covered by this licence have basic keeping requirements and are readily available from a licensed pet shop or breeder.

  • Advanced (R2) Reptile Licence

This licence allows you to keep reptiles that may be rare and are more difficult to keep than Companion or R1 class reptiles. These reptiles are not traded by pet shops and can only be obtained from specialist reptile breeders.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

For one reptile you must be aged 16 years and over or the parent or guardian of children under 16.

For more than one R1 reptile you must:

  • be aged 16 years and over or the parent or guardian of children under 16
  • keep an electronic record book or paper record about your animal/s.

For more than one R2 reptile you must:

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • have held a Companion or Basic Reptile Class 1 (R1) licence for at least 2 years
  • reptiles kept under an advanced (R2) licence must be from the same group (species) as those you've kept under a Companion or R1 licence.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing Eligibility Requirements

All reptile keepers must comply with the Code of Practice for the Keeping and Trading of Reptiles.

For R1 and R2 reptiles you must:

  • keep an electronic record book or paper record about your animal/s
  • record when you buy your bird(s) (including the supplier's details, your  details and date of purchase), plus all births, deats and disposals
  • lodge records with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in April each year.

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.

Duration

Up to 5 years.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Amount Description
Apply Application $50.00 Companion Animal Keeper Licence.
Apply Application $63.00 Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for two years.
Apply Application $143.00 Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for five years.
Vary Application $120.00

Upgrade to Advanced Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for two year upgrade.

Vary Variation $240.00

Upgrade to Advanced Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for five year upgrade.

Additional information

It?s against the law to take native reptiles from the wild or release unwanted ones.

You will need to demonstrate your experience and training if you're planning to keep venemous reptiles.

Snake owners should comply with the Hygiene Protocol for the Control of Disease in Captive Snakes.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment

Office of Environment and Heritage

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Contact details

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

Enquiries, Wildlife Licensing and Management Unit

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Office of Environment and Heritage

Department of Planning and Environment

Mailing address: PO BOX 1967
Hurstville, New South Wales 1481
Phone: 02 9585 6406
Fax: 02 9585 6401
Email: Wildlife.licensing@environment.nsw.gov.au