Firearm Permits - Australian Capital Territory


You will need a permit if you intend to acquire, possess or use a firearm for varying reasons. Examples of firearms permits include:

  • a permit to acquire a firearm for a specified time
  • shortening or conversion of firearms
  • collecting ammunition
  • selling or transferring of firearms in certain circumstances
  • the possession of firearms in 'other circumstances' provided for in the regulations including film, theatrical productions or historical re-enactment
  • the purpose of an arms fair
  • the possession and use of a tranquilliser for occupation specific use
  • use of a powerhead for an occupation purpose or for a marine recreational purpose
  • the possession or use of an imitation firearm.

Each variation of permit will be subject to conditions.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

The requirements for a permit to acquire a firearm are similar requirements to the firearms licence. To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • hold a current firearms licence for the type of firearm you intend to acquire
  • submit an application form
  • have a genuine reason for possessing or using a firearm
  • be judged to be a fit and proper person by the Agency
  • pay the prescribed fee.

Additional eligibility requirements exist for category H firearms. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $47.00 -
Apply Application All $18.00

Permit to acquire.

Apply Application All $18.00



Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Firearm Permit Application - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulation 2008 Australian Capital Territory

Application process


Please lodge your application and any associated documentation directly with the Agency.

Approval time

No less than 29 days.

Administering agency

Australian Federal Police - ACT Policing

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, ACT Firearms Registry

Australian Federal Police - ACT Policing

Australian Capital Territory
Operating address: 86 Vicars Street
Mitchell, Australian Capital Territory 2911
Mailing address: GPO BOX 401
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6133 2122
Website: ACT Firearms Registry (Opens in new window)