Permit to Keep and Sell Protected Animals (Scientific / Biological Products) - South Australia


You will require this permit if you intend to keep, sell and use protected animals for scientific purposes or for the production of biological products, whether or not the products are intended for commercial gain. This may include, for example, extracting snake venom.

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.

This permit will authorise you to access animal products for scientific or biological purposes other than for carrying out scientific research. You will need a separate permit if you want to undertake scientific research.

You will be authorised to breed protected animals that are being kept under this permit. You will need to keep any animal not bred by you for 6 months before selling or giving the animal.

You will need a separate permit if you intend to take a native animal from the wild.

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

You will need to meet separate criteria if you intend to access venomous snakes under this permit.


One year


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $312.00 -
Apply Application All $156.00

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

Vary Variation All $238.00 Additional Premises

Application process


You will need to lodge your completed application with:

  • fee payment
  • two written references supporting your skill and ability in relation to the species to which the permit relates.

A site inspection will be undertaken as part of the application 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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Fauna Permit Unit

Department for Environment and Water

South Australia
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