Crop Protection Permits

​​​​​​​​​​​​Crop Protection Permits

The purpose of a crop protection permit is to prevent the destruction of, or injury to, any stock or plants caused by the wildlife.  An owner or manager is required to hold a crop protection permit to poison, trap, and shoot wildlife which is causing damage to pasture and crops.

A combined permit is issued for wallaby (Bennett’s and Tasmanian Pademelon) and brushtail possum. Individual permits are issued for other species.

Applying for a Permit

Crop protection permits are issued by the Wildlife Management Branch​. Applications can be submitted via post, fax, email, or in person. Contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.

When completing a crop protection permit application form the following details are required:
  • the full name and address (residential and postal) of the applicant;
  • the property name if applicable, the property size, and the property address;
  • notification of any relevant offences (wildlife or firearm related) resulting in a conviction within the last five years; and
  • background information - including the type of wildlife, the damage being caused, and any previous control measures.
Where a property is managed or leased the applicant must provide the owner details for verification purposes.

An application may take five to ten working days to be processed. An approved crop protection permit will then be posted or emailed to the applicant.​ Permits with tags will be posted.

The table shows the format of crop protection permits and take return requirements for common species.


​Duration of Permit
Landholders must supply agent details where commercial harvesting is proposed
​Take Return Requirements
​Brush Tail Possum and Wallaby (Bennett's and Tasmanian pademelon)
​5 years
​Required on request. 
Information must be kept for a 5 year period
​Various nuisance bird species
​12 months
​28 days after expiry of the permit
​Fallow deer (permit includes tags)
​28 days after expiry of the permit
​Forester Kangaroo 
(permit includes tags)
​28 days after expiry of the permit
​12 months
​28 days after expiry of the permit

Permit Returns

Crop protection permits for a number of species require the owner or manager to forward harvest (take) information to the Department within 28 days of the permit expiring, by completing and returning the reverse side of the permit.

Further permits will not be issued to the owner or manager until the take details for any previous permits have been received. Please note that a return must still be provided even if the take is zero or a renewal is not required.

A copy of previous permits can be provided upon request where the original has been misplaced or lost to allow an owner or manager to submit their return information.

Please note that permit returns assist in the management of wildlife and ensure that future permit requirements can be processed promptly.

An owner or manager can update the information they provided when obtaining a permit by contacting the Wildlife Management Branch at any time during the permit period or via the permit return form.  

A property logbook can be provided on request to assist landholders to tally the take for various species.

Reissuing Permits

Reminder notices will be sent to an owner or manager when wallaby and possum permits are due for renewal but this does not currently occur for other permit types.

To have a permit reissued, please complete the new application section on your expired permit before returning it to the Department.  

Recording Tag Allocation

Crop protection permits for fallow deer and forester kangaroo are issued with tags allocated to the owner or manager, not the additional permit holders (hunters) operating under the permit.

It is recommended that owner or manager​ keep a record of who they have allocated permit tags to and note the specific tag numbers.

The legal obligations that govern crop protection permits can be found at​. 
Search for the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010.


Wildlife Management Branch
200 Collins Street
GPO Box 44
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6173 0253

Game Services Tasmania
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3225

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