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:

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

You may apply for 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.

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 be able to demonstrate your experience in handling the animals named in your permit and have an understanding of the animal specific requirements for holding and caring for such animals.

You will require public liability insurance to cover any risks arising from activities authorised under the permit.

Please consult the agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Each financial year, you must submit a return that details the movement of all animals in your care in the past 12 months.

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


Up to one year


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $764.00 Basic permit application
Apply Application All $382.00

Half year basic permit (for applications lodged between 1 January and 30 June).

Apply Application All $1223.00 Specialist permit application
Apply Application All $611.00

Half year specialist permit (for applications lodged between 1 January and 30 June).

Vary Variation All $230.00

Each additional premises

Application process


You will need to lodge your completed application with:

  • fee payment
  • 2 written references.

A site inspection may be included as part of the application process.


This permit cannot be transferred.

Additional information

All animals must be lawfully obtained, such as through captive breeding or purchased from a licensed dealer.

You may be required to provide a police clearance certificate.

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