Permit to keep wildlife - Queensland


You need this permit if you intend to keep wildlife. Strict conditions apply under a permit to keep wildlife, including a restriction on breeding (other than birds).

A permit to keep wildlife can only be granted for one or more of the following reasons:

  • To keep a protected animal taken under a rehabilitation permit and which is reasonably believed to be unable to survive in the wild.
  • To keep a protected animal that is or has been kept by a person in another State under a law of that State and is moving to Queensland.
  • To temporarily keep a protected animal, international animal or prohibited animal that has been kept under a relevant authority, other than a rehabilitation permit, that has expired.
  • To temporarily keep a protected animal that is being kept under a farming licence at a place other than the authorised premises.

The permit holder is also not allowed to buy, accept, sell or give away wildlife held under this permit except in limited circumstances. A person who keeps an animal under a permit to keep wildlife is not allowed to display, sell or give the animal away.

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 permit you must not have a criminal conviction that relates to animal welfare issues or related conservation matters within the past three years.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must submit a return of operations annually within 10 business days of the anniversary date of the permit.


3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $84.60

Approval time

Up to 40 days.


This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Science

Conservation and Sustainability Services

Nature Conservation Services

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Permit and Licence Management

Nature Conservation Services

Conservation and Sustainability Services

Department of Environment and Science

Mailing address: GPO BOX 2454
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 1300 130 372
Website: Department of Environment and Science (Opens in new window)