You need to apply for a threatened species licence if a proposed action by your organisation could result in any of the following and does not need some other form of consent or approval:

  • harm to an animal that is a threatened species or part of a threatened ecological community
  • picking of a plant that is a threatened species or part of a threatened ecological community
  • damage to the habitat of a threatened species or ecological community
  • damage to a declared area of outstanding biodiversity value.

For more information on threatened species licences, visit the Department of Planning and Environment.

What you need

  • organisation's details including ABN
  • applicant's details and position in the organisation
  • location of the action, including a grid reference and the local government area delineated on a map
  • full description of the action and its purpose
  • details of the area to be affected
  • duration and timing of the action, including staging
  • description of the land (including any area of outstanding biodiversity value if applicable)
  • details, conservation status, and number or proportion of the threatened species
  • detailed analysis of the action and effects of the action
  • your payment
  • the DOC application form – 'Threatened species licence'.

How to apply

  1. Check the licence requirements.
  2. Gather the required information.
  3. Download the Application for a Threatened Species Licence – DOCX from the Department of Planning and Environment website.
  4. Complete and sign the form.
  5. Lodge your application with payment at the relevant Department of Planning and Environment office listed on the form.

More information

The Department of Planning and Environment may either:

  • grant a licence under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, with or without conditions, or
  • refuse the application.

Payment methods

You can pay by credit or debit card (Mastercard or Visa).

Last updated: 11 March 2024