Biodiversity Conservation Licence (Catch and Release Reptiles) - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to catch and release reptiles (usually snakes) from any commercial and residential homes and backyards.

Under this licence, you will operate under strict licence conditions to ensure human safety and animal welfare.

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:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • explain why a licence should be granted and describe the location / area where they will operate
  • provide two written references from people who can validate their ability and experience
  • demonstrate that you have a current first aid certificate and public liability insurance
  • prove that you have completed a recognised reptile handling course or have at least two years proven experience in handling venomous snakes.


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Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

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Application process


You will also need a document detailing why you think a licence should be granted and describing the location / area you will operate in.

You will need to provide two written references from people who can confirm your experience and ability.

Approval time

Please allow six weeks for the processing of your application.

Administering agency

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Environment and Heritage Group

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Contact details

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