Firearms Museum Permit - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this permit if you operate a public museum and intend to maintain and display a collection of firearms. The collection must have a genuine commemorative, historical, thematic or financial value.

A public museum is a non-profit making institution that acquires, conserves and exhibits objects of scientific or historical interest for the purposes of study, education and public enjoyment.

Please note that all firearms are required to be registered with the exception of pre-1900 firearms that are not capable of discharging breach loading cartridges. All firearms that are part of the museum's collection must be rendered temporarily inoperable by removing the bolt or firing mechanism and keeping it separate from the firearm in a locked container of an approved type, or by using a trigger lock of an approved type

All employees of your museum are required to provide their details using the appropriate form. 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:

  • Demonstrate that the firearm or collection has a genuine commemorative, historical, thematic or financial value;
  • Demonstrate that the firearm is rendered temporarily inoperable;
  • 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.

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.



Maximum of five years.





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

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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