Populous Place Permit - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to carry a loaded firearm (Category A and B firearms are the only permitted types) in a populated area. This includes areas such as:

  • towns
  • thoroughfares
  • a place open to or used by the public for passage with vehicles.

You will need to provide a genuine reason for carrying the gun. There are three types of permits:

  • licensed firearms dealer
  • performing arts and re-enactment
  • vermin control.

Certain people are exempt from this permit, such as members of the police force, protected service officers and licensed security and prison guards, provided they are acting within their official duties.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

Initial applications for approval of a location will require an inspection by the Regional Firearms Officer, or their delegate, to ensure that the firearms can be carried safely at the location.

In order to apply for a populous place permit (licensed firearms dealer), the following requirements must be met:

  • the applicant must be a licensed firearm dealer
  • the dealer must document all safety procedures and provide a copy of Safety Procedures to Victoria Police
  • the dealer must have public liability insurance or the activity covered by other public liability insurance held by the Sponsor / Organiser
  • all participants must hold a current firearm licence.

In order to apply for a populous place permit (performing arts and re-enactment), the following requirements must be met:

  • the applicant must be a licensed firearm holder
  • the re-enactment organisation / group must document all safety procedures and provide a copy of Safety procedures to Victoria Police
  • the re-enactment organisation / group must have public liability insurance for this activity or the activity should be covered by other public liability insurance held by the sponsor / organiser
  • all persons possessing firearms for this activity should hold a current firearms licence in the appropriate category (endorsed for performing arts and historical re-enactment).

In order to apply for a populous place permit (vermin control), the following requirements must be met:

  • the applicant must be a licensed firearm holder
  • the applicant applying must document all safety procedures and provide a copy of Safety procedures to Victoria Police
  • the licence holder must have public liability insurance for this activity or the activity should be covered by other public liability insurance held by the client
  • all persons possessing firearms for this activity should be the holder of a current firearms licence in the appropriate category and have an endorsement for vermin control on their licence.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Prerequisites

Duration

As specified on the permit.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Forms

 Resources
Apply Application for a Populous Place Permit - Vermin Control Opens in a new browser window

Application for a Populous Place Permit - Licensed Firearms Dealer - Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted.

Application for a Populous Place Permit - Performing Arts and Re-enactment - Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Victoria Police

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Services Division
Victoria Police


Phone:

1300 651 645

Fax:

03 9247 6485
licensingservices@police.vic.gov.au

Supporting information

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