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


You will need this permit to keep or sell protected animals as part of a business that deals in protected animals. A protected animal includes any species of mammal, bird or reptile which is:

  • native to Australia
  • migratory and occasionally migrates to, and lives in, Australia
  • specified as a protected species in the legislation.

There are two classes of permit:

  • a basic permit authorises you to keep and sell protected animals listed in the Regulations as 'basic species', which are defined as being common in captivity and / or in their natural habitat, and which keeping and selling has little impact on naturally occurring populations
  • a specialist permit authorises you to keep and sell protected animals of basic species and / or specialist species (specified on your permit), which are not listed though are generally difficult to keep, threatened or rare.

You usually need to hold a protected animal of a basic or specialist species for seven days before selling or giving it away. However, you can obtain special clearance to sell or give away an animal before seven days have passed.

While you will not need a permit to keep a single protected animal, you will need this permit if you intend to sell or give away that animal.

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:

  • demonstrate your experience in handling the animals named in your permit
  • have an understanding of the animal specific requirements for holding and caring for such animals
  • have public liability insurance to cover any risks arising from activities authorised under the permit.

You may be required to provide a police clearance certificate.


One year


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Transfer process


This permit cannot be transferred.

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.