Apply for a permit

What do I need to do before moving stock?

Your Local Land Services office can help you understand your requirements for moving stock and help you obtain the correct paperwork for your type of stock movement.

Forms that may be required for moving stock include transported stock statements, national vendor declarations, animal health statements and stock permits.

The information below will help you understand any special requirements for movements of different species:

For interstate livestock movements, livestock export and documentation, please visit the Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) livestock movements web page.

Which stock permit do I need?

There are four classes of stock permits, as outlined under the Local Land Services Act 2013:

  • walking stock permit
  • grazing stock permit
  • roadside grazing stock permit
  • routine stock movement permit.

Walking stock permit

A walking permit may be used to walk stock from the owner's property to another property not owned by the stock owner.

Grazing stock permit

This is generally issued to the landholder adjoining an enclosed travelling stock reserve (TSR) for use over an extended period. It’s a condition of the permit that travelling stock are still permitted to access the TSR. A grazing permit is also issued for the use on an open TSR.

Roadside grazing stock permit

This type of permit is issued for a short period of time, over a specific section of road and usually in times of drought or for hazard reduction. It’s normally issued to the landholder adjoining the area as it may not have watering facilities. Therefore stock are moved back to the property at night. These permits are issued for shire roads.

Routine stock movement permit

This permit applies to routine movements of stock between two or more properties owned or occupied by the same person and are issued to local stock owners annually.

Getting a permit

To obtain a stock movement permit, contact Local Land Services on 1300 795 299. Permit fees may vary according to region, so it’s important to talk to your local office before sending in your application form.

All stock movements must be accompanied by the appropriate form of documentation and meet the necessary National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) requirements. This ensures that we can monitor movements and trace diseases.

Owners also need a property identification code (PIC) before trading or moving cattle, sheep, goats or pigs in NSW.