Permit to Use Explosives, Electrical Devices or Other Dangerous Substances - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to use explosives, electrical devices or dangerous chemicals in or near water (seas, oceans, tributaries, lakes, dams, rivers, creeks, etc). This permit can be used for activities such as capturing fish, scientific purposes (including the testing of defence equipment), sinking piers, creating trenches, destroying derelict ships and for fireworks displays.

Applications for the use of explosives will only be approved where it is required for essential community purposes. Applications may be approved for the use of electrical devices or poisons to be used in the removal of noxious or introduced species from waters.

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

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


The permit is valid for period specified on the permit.



Permit or renewal of permit to use explosives or electrical devices.





You must include specific details in your application regarding the electronic and explosive equipment to be used and the areas in which it will be used. Please see the application form for more details.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fisheries NSW

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1994 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2010 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Head Office
Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fisheries NSW

Operating address:
Port Stephens Fisheries Centre
Taylors Beach Road
Taylors Beach
New South Wales 2316
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 1
Nelson Bay
New South Wales 2315


02 4982 1232


1300 550 474


02 4982 1107

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