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.

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.



Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $50.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Duplicate Certificate All $49.00

Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulation 2008 Australian Capital Territory

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.