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 the agency reasonably believes the wildlife is 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 keep a protected animal that was lawfully obtained and kept at a time when it was not a protected animal.
  • 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 Description
Apply Application All $91.15

Fees for 2023-24

Approval time

Up to 40 days


This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

Wildlife and Threatened Species Operations

Contact details

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