Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit - New South Wales


You may need this permit if you intend to conduct an activity that will directly or indirectly harm an Aboriginal object or place. Gaining this permit will allow you to carry out your activity without incurring penalties.

The permit may impose conditions on your proposed activities.

You may not need this permit if your activity:

  • was authorised by or under the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989
  • was authorised by or under the Rural Fires Act 1997 in relation to emergency fire fighting or bushfire hazard reduction work
  • was required or permitted under a conservation agreement entered into under the NPW Act
  • was required for the conservation or protection of an Aboriginal object or Aboriginal Place and was carried out by Heritage NSW or person under the direction of that officer
  • occurred while an Aboriginal person was undertaking a traditional cultural activity (not a commercial activity).

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must complete the following activities in order for your application to be considered:

  • prepare a cultural heritage assessment report that meets the specified requirements
  • complete an Aboriginal community consultation process
  • complete and submit the application form
  • provide any additional information to support your application, including site information for the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS).


As specified


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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Act(s) name

National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019 New South Wales

Application process


Send your application to your nearest Agency office. See the website of application for for details.

Approval time

Your application will be determined within 60 days of lodgement if all information that must accompany your application has been provided.

Administering agency

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Environment and Heritage Group

Contact details

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