Historical Re-Enactment Organisers / Cannon Permit - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this permit if your historical re-enactment organisation intends to conduct an historical re-enactment event involving the possession and use of firearms by participants.

Please be aware that this permit does not authorise the use of ammunition. However, blank cartridges may be used if the event is being carried out in front of an invited viewing audience, or at a place away from public view and hearing.

If you are a member of a historical society or club and intend to use a muzzle loading black powder cannon in historical re-enactments and displays you must also apply for a certain cannon permit. 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 to apply for this permit you must:

  • Provide proof of identity (if no other NSW firearms licence or permit is held or been held);
  • Submit the application form with the requirement documentation;
  • Submit a business declaration form;
  • Submit a legitimate reason form with the required documentation; and
  • Pay any required fees.

To be issued a certain cannon permit you must be a member of a historical society or club whose purpose includes the preservation and demonstration of historical weapons.

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 complete a firearm safety training course and provide evidence of this with your application.

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



The permit can be issued for a maximum term of 5 years.



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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