Animal exhibition licence - Queensland


You will need this licence if you intend to exhibit and deal with animals in:

  • zoos
  • wildlife parks
  • mobile exhibits
  • circuses
  • magic acts
  • film or television productions.

There are three categories of animals that can be exhibited: category A, B and C (category C is divided into C1 and C2). The conditions of your licence will vary depending on the category of animal you propose to exhibit. For further information on the categories of animals and their applicable standards, see the resources. Where an animal is not covered by a Queensland code, you may rely on a NSW or Victorian code for guidance.

If you intend to take C2 animals off the regular enclosure site for touring in circus performances, you must apply for a special exhibition approval. If you live outside of Queensland and intend to exhibit and deal with animals in Queensland, you will need to apply for an interstate exhibitors permit.

You can apply for this licence as an individual or a corporation.

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 18 years or older
  • be a suitable person to hold a licence
  • have sufficient up to date experience for the species proposed to be exhibited or dealt with
  • develop a management plan for exhibiting and dealing with each particular animal or species.

See 'Developing exhibited animal management plans' in resources if you need templates and guidance on developing a management plan.


An exhibition licence may be granted for up to 3 years. An interstate permit may be granted for up to 1 year only.


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Transfer process


This licence can be transferred.

Approval time

Up to 40 days

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Biosecurity Queensland

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