Basic Permit to Keep and Sell Protected Animals (Fauna Dealer) - South Australia


You will require this permit if you intend to keep or sell protected animals in the course of carrying on a business of dealing in protected animals. This permit relates only to protected animals of the species listed as basic in Schedule 6 of the National Parks and Wildlife (Wildlife) Regulations 2019.  Animals listed as basic species are common in captivity and/or in their natural habitat, the keeping and selling of which has a minimal effect on naturally occurring populations.

Animals must be lawfully obtained, such as through captive breeding or purchase from a licensed dealer.

You will not require a permit if you intend to keep only a single animal. You will require a permit, however, if you intend to sell or give away that single animal.

You will be entitled to trade an animal of a basic species after you have held the animal due for trading for 7 days. If you wish to trade before you have held the animal for 7 days, you must obtain a clearance from the agency.

Please contact the agency for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must demonstrate experience in the handling of animals to which the permit relates and an understanding of the species specific requirements of holding and caring for such animals.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must submit, each year by 30 June, a return to the Department detailing all movement of stock from the previous financial year.

You must keep a record of information in relation to the acquisition and disposal of animals or eggs of each species under the permit.


Permits expire on 30 June each year.


2020-2021 fees:
$764 Permit fee
$382 Permit fee - half year for applications lodged between 1 January to 30 June
$230 each additional premises.

Credit card, cheque or money order.

Application process


You must complete the application form and submit it with payment of the permit fee to the Department.

Administering agency

Department for Environment and Water

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:

Fauna Permit Unit

Department for Environment and Water

Operating address: Ground Floor
81 - 95 Waymouth Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1782
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Phone: 08 8124 4972