Nature conservation

Native animals

Animal dealer licence for reptiles and birds

You need an animal dealer licence to buy, sell and trade in live native animals.

An animal dealer licence (formerly ‘fauna dealer licence’) is a class of biodiversity conservation licence granted under Part 2 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 that authorises you to buy, sell and trade in live native animals. You will need to register your premises to commercially trade.

Commercial trade licence for reptiles

To apply for an animal dealer (live reptile) licence to commercially trade in live native reptiles, you will need to first submit a completed application form (PDF 121KB) to the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Wildlife Team for assessment. The form can be filled out online and then printed ready for signing or printed out and filled in entirely by hand.

The application form should:

  • include your name, address of your proposed premises and ABN number
  • provide information about your previous native animal keeping licence history
  • provide evidence about your skills and experience in reptile identification, husbandry and handling
  • provide a floor plan of your premises outlining the location of your reptile enclosures, off-display areas, food preparation and storage areas
  • provide diagrams of the types of reptile enclosures used, their dimensions and other key features needed to adequately look after the reptile species you wish to sell
  • provide standard operating procedures for monitoring, feeding and general care of reptiles
  • declare that you will comply with the conditions of your licence and other relevant statutory provisions such as Animal Welfare Code of Practice – Animals in Pet Shops and NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice – Keeping and Trading of Birds.

Written knowledge test

If your initial application is successful, you will be required to undertake a short written test to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the:

  • regulatory framework for keeping and trading in native animals
  • reptiles permitted to be traded under an animal dealer’s licence, and their husbandry requirements.

Once you have completed the test and have been assessed as competent to hold an animal dealer licence for reptiles, OEH will inspect the premises (pet shop) at which you propose to commercially trade in reptiles.

Premises inspection

Prior to the granting of a licence and premises registration certificate, officers of the Wildlife Team will contact you to organise a joint inspection of the premises at which you intend to commercially trade in native reptiles to ensure it meets the requirements.

Licence application assessment timeframe

OEH wish to advise that it will take at least six weeks to fully assess your licence application. This timeframe is dependent on the applicant satisfactorily completing the application form, written test and having their premises at a standard suitable for trade.

Licence terms and fees

An animal dealer (live reptile) licence is for a maximum period of three (3) years. Licence fees are $2400 for a single registered premises and a $780 fee for each additional premises registered under the licence.

There is a $2050 licence renewal fee with a fee of $450 for each additional premise.

Commercial trade licence for birds

To apply for an animal dealer (live bird) licence to commercially trade in birds you will need to first contact OEH's Wildlife Team who will send you an application form to complete.

The application form should:

  • include your name, address of your proposed premises and ABN number
  • provide information about your previous licence history.

There is currently no written test or pre-licence premises inspection required for persons seeking to commercially trade in birds.

Licence terms and fees

An animal dealer (live bird) licence is currently for a maximum of 1 (one) year. The licence fee is $600 for a single registered premises and a $300 fee for each additional premises registered under the licence.

More information

Animal dealers (reptiles): frequently asked questions

Keeping native animals as pets

Import and export licences

Example Animal Dealer (Live Reptile) Licence and Registration Certificate Conditions (PDF 145KB)

Example Animal Dealer (Live Bird) Licence and Registration Certificate Conditions (PDF 119KB)

Hygiene protocol for the control of disease in captive snakes (hygieneProtocolSnakes.pdf, 1.03MB)

NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice - Keeping and Trading of Birds

Code of practice for the private keeping of reptiles

Page last updated: 28 August 2017