Approval of a Shooting Range - New South Wales


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).

The shooting range must:

  • meet the required standards
  • be situated in an accepted area (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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $100.00
Vary Duplicate Certificate All $75.00


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Approval of a Shooting Range or Mobile Gallery - This form which is available upon request from the Range Unit of the Firearms Registry.
Apply All To the Local Consent Authority (LCA) - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulation 2017 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Family and Community Services and Justice

NSW Police Force

Firearms Registry

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:

Range Unit

Firearms Registry

NSW Police Force

Department of Family and Community Services and Justice

Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 5102
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124
Phone: 1300 362 562
Phone: 02 6670 8590
Fax: 02 6670 8558
Website: Firearms Registry (Opens in new window)