Wildlife Dealer's Licence

Section 48 of the Wildlife Act, 1976 (as amended) provides for wildlife dealer's licences.

Applications for Wildlife Dealer's Licenses can be made on a standard application form available from:

Wildlife Licence Unit
National Parks and Wildlife Service
Department of  Housing, Local Government and Heritage 
90 King Street North
Dublin 7
D07 N7CV
Email: wildlifelicence@npws.gov.ie


Download the application form for Application for a Wildlife Dealers Licence

Only licensed wildlife dealers can sell protected wild animals (including parts or derivatives).  In the interest of the conservation of a species, the Minister may by regulation temporarily control the sale or purchase of certain protected species.

The Wildlife Acts provide for:

  • powers for the Minister to directly issue a wildlife dealers licence
  • unless previously revoked, that the licence will remain in force until 31 July following the year in which it is granted or renewed
  • a right of appeal to the District Court in the event of an application being refused or revoked
  • the Minister after giving 21 days notice to the holder may revoke the licence in the event of failure by the holder to either comply with licence conditions or comply with regulations made under Section 46(2) of the Wildlife Acts,1976 & 2000, i.e. the Wildlife Act, 1976 (Wildlife Dealing) Regulations, 1977.