Specialised licence - Queensland


You need this licence if you intend to keep, trade and breed:

  • up to 50 class 1 animals
  • a maximum of 2 amphibians, birds, and reptiles
  • unlimited protected scorpions and spiders.

You will need permission if you intend to dispose (e.g. sell or give away) an animal within 6 months of acquiring it. Animals can however be bred under a Specialised licence, but you must not have more than 50 vertebrates (reptiles, birds, and amphibians) at any given time. Newly hatched / born offspring are included in the limit of 50 animals. If you exceed your animal limit at anytime, you must notify the department within 24 hours and do one of the following:

  • upgrade your licence to ensure that it covers the new number of animals you have
  • euthanise them humanely
  • in limited circumstances, seek approval to sell or give away excess animals.

There are 312 species that require a specialised animal licence. Please see 'Animals requiring a specialised licence' in resources for a full list of animals permitted under this licence.

You must comply with the following codes of practice:

  • Captive reptile and amphibian husbandry
  • Aviculture.

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 13 years old
  • not have a criminal conviction that relates to animal welfare issues or related conservation matters within the past three years.

A licence may be issued to a minor (aged between 13 and 17 years of age) if the minor and the minors' legal guardian live at the same address where the wildlife will be kept and the guardian agrees to supervise the child's activities under the licence. The guardian and the minor must both complete and sign the hard copy 'under 18' application form.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must comply with the online record keeping requirements.

The completion of online records is required within 72 hours of a trade event (such as a buy / sell / giveaway / accept), or other events such as the birth, death or movement of a licenced animal. Notification will be required within 24 hours of an event that exceeds your approval for breeding, or numbers of animals kept (including excess dangerous snakes).


5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $341.50

Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $341.50

Fees for 2023-24

Application process


To apply for this licence please register with Online Services or log in to Online Services if already registered. Alternately you can apply using the paper based form, which can be lodged via mail to the department.

In most cases, this timeframe can be significantly reduced for this licence using Online Services. Online Services will guide you in providing all required information and assess whether the licence can be granted without requiring further information. If so, your licence will be issued immediately online.

Licences which propose the keeping of venomous snakes, will not be issued immediately online as they may require manual assessment. Once your application has been assessed, you will be sent an email notifying you of the assessment outcome.

Approval time

Up to 40 days


You cannot transfer this licence.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

Wildlife and Threatened Species Operations

Contact details

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