Licence to Pick or Harvest Protected Native Plants - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to pick or harvest protected native plants for commercial purposes. This licence covers activities conducted by the cut flower industry. Protected native plants are listed in Schedule 13 of the Act.

Please note that there are two classes of licence, specifically:

  • A Picker Licence that authorises you to pick protected native plants from property you do not own, including National Parks, State Forests, etc; and
  • A Wild Harvester Licence that allows you to harvest protected native plants from stands on your own property.

Picking of a plant includes gathering, plucking, cutting, pulling up, destroying, poisoning, taking, digging up, removing or injuring any part of the plant.

Please be aware that if you intend to grow and harvest protected and threatened native plants then you will require a Grower Licence.

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 note that the site where you propose to pick or harvest the protected native plants will have to be inspected by the Agency to confirm the availability of species.

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



Picker Licence: fee per site for one or two sites.


Wild Harvester Licence.


Picker Licence: three to five sites.

Application$500.00Picker licence: six to ten sites.
Application$1,000.00Picker licence: eleven or more sites.

Renewal of Wild Harvester Licence with site inspection.

Renewal$30.00Renewal of Wild Harvester Licence when site inspection not required.

Other resources

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All applications should be submitted to the local office for assessment.

Approval time

A period of 45 days should be allowed for processing of applications.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment
Office of Environment and Heritage
National Parks and Wildlife Service

Act(s) name

National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Head Office
Department of Planning and Environment
Office of Environment and Heritage
National Parks and Wildlife Service

Operating address:
Level 14
59-61 Goulburn Street
New South Wales 2000
Mailing address:
Sydney South, New South Wales 1232


13 15 55


02 9995 5000

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