Permit to Undertake Activities within NSW Marine Parks - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require a permit for certain activities conducted in NSW marine parks. There are 6 marine parks in NSW and each park has a separate set of management rules that outline the types of activities that require a permit to undertake. The number of activities requiring a permit varies between marine parks.

This following list identifies the types of activities that may require a permit:

  • Harm any animal or plant;
  • Damage or interfere with any habitat;
  • Clean any fish or fishing gear;
  • Dredging and beach replenishment (excavation of sand or other material);
  • Undertake aquaculture;
  • Take or attempt to take fish (including for aquarium collection);
  • Activities associated with moorings, buoys, signs, boundary markers and vessels, motorised vehicles;
  • Bring domesticated animals into a park;
  • Organised research;
  • Camping and lighting fires;
  • Sell or hire any article, thing or service;
  • Conduct amusement, entertainment, instruction, performance or activity for money;
  • Filming; and
  • Organised sporting, educational and recreational activities including sporting competitions, concerts and educational programs.

Please be aware that:

  • In some cases you will not require a permit if you hold a planning approval; and
  • Each marine park is divided into zones. For example: sanctuary, habitat protection and general use zones. The permits required for each zone, and each marine park will vary.

Please consult the Contact Officer in the first instance to determine whether your proposed activity will require a permit.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


As specified by the Authority.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Applications must be lodged at the office of the marine park concerned in person, by post, by fax or by mail.



Applicants may be requested to provide further particulars to allow full assessment of proposals under the criteria set out in the regulations.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fisheries NSW

Act(s) name

Marine Estate Management Act 2014 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Marine Estate Management Regulation 2009 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Marine Environment
Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fisheries NSW

Mailing address:
PO BOX 1305
Crows Nest, New South Wales 1585


1300 550 474


02 9966 0650


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