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Property Identification Code (PIC) - New South Wales


You will need a property identification code (PIC) if you are the owner / manager or occupier of land that holds livestock. Livestock includes cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, bison, buffalo, deer, camelids, equines and poultry. Your property must have a PIC regardless of whether you intend to move livestock or not.

A PIC is a unique eight-character number assigned to properties with livestock. This property registration system allows the movement of livestock (cattle, sheep, goats and pigs) between properties to be traced via the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database. The NLIS is a nationwide biosecurity strategy to trace meat from paddock to plate and to safeguard domestic and export markets. Traceability of stock is fundamental in the event of disease control or chemical residues.

Please be aware that all sale-yards, abattoirs and show-grounds must also have a PIC. If you have horses on your property, or you are an owner of property where horses are agisted, you will also require a PIC.

Normally each property has its own PIC. However, one PIC can be used for more than one property provided the properties are used for a common purposes (for example to graze the same livestock) and are proximate (adjoining or nearby).

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must be the lawful owner or occupier of a property to obtain a PIC for that property.

Please contact the agency to identify any further eligibility requirements.


Up to 3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Application process


If you intend to apply for a PIC to cover more than one property, you are required to complete a separate form for each property and submit the forms together.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Local Land Services

Contact details

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