Approval of a Shooting Range - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to operate a fixed or moveable shooting range (for example, a mobile shooting range or outdoor shooting range).

A shooting range is an area, provided with a firing line, targets and a stop butt for the controlled practice of shooting and is inclusive of the range danger area template.

Your approval may be subject to conditions. These conditions may relate to the firearms and events the range is authorised to conduct including any safety measures and restrictions applicable to the range.

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 approval, you must:

  • Be of good character and repute (in the case of corporation or club, this applies to each director or office holder);
  • Be situated in an area where the location, demographics and ownership of adjoining land has been taken into consideration (if the range is a fixed range);
  • Submit the application form along with all requested documentation; and
  • Pay the relevant application fees.

The shooting range must:

  • Meet the required standards; and
  • Be situated in an area accepted (if the range is a fixed range).

Please be aware that before this approval can be granted, you must apply to the local council for consent for the use of the land as a shooting range. 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 firearms safety training course and provide evidence of this with your application. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


5 years.




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Application for Approval of a Shooting Range or Mobile Gallery - This application form is available upon request from the Agency.

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, Range Unit
Department of Justice
NSW Police Force
Firearms Registry

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 1
New South Wales 2484




02 66708590


02 66708558

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