Firearms Permit for Film, Television or Theatrical Production - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to use a firearm in relation to a film, television or theatrical production and it is impractical to engage the services of a theatrical armourer to remain on-site to supervise the possession and use of firearms for the duration of the production. This permit will allow you, or a person nominated by you, to use the firearm, but only in connection with the production specified. Any person nominated by you must be supervised by you whilst using the firearm.

The firearm must be maintained in a safe condition, and be certified (by the holder of a theatrical armourer's permit) as having the chamber modified to allow blank cartridges.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • Provide evidence that the production concerned requires the possession or use of the firearm;
  • Provide evidence that you have successfully completed training in relation to the security and safe handling of firearms;
  • Provide evidence that adequate security will be maintained over the firearms at all times;
  • Provide evidence that you will supervise all handling of the firearms by any authorised persons;
  • Submit the required application forms and associated documentation; and
  • Pay any required fees.

If you have never held a firearms licence or permit in NSW, or you do not currently hold an equivalent issued firearms licence or permit interstate, you are required to either provide a letter from the theatrical armourer indicating that you have received instruction in the security and safe handling of firearms or complete a firearm safety training course.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


The permit will be issued for the duration of the production only.





Please refer to the attached documents for information regarding the required documentation to be submitted with your application.

Approval time

21 days.

Administering agency

Department of Justice
NSW Police Force
Firearms Registry

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulation 2006 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Permits Unit
Department of Justice
NSW Police Force
Firearms Registry

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 1
New South Wales 2484


02 6670 8590

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