Permit to Undertake Activities within NSW Marine Parks - New South Wales


You will need this permit to undertake certain activities in NSW marine parks. There are 6 marine parks in NSW and each park has a separate set of management rules that outline the types of activities that require a permit to undertake. The specific activities which require a permit varies between marine parks.

A variety of activities within the park require a marine parks permit, including:

  • any activities or works that damage, take or interfere with habitat (such as plants, soil, sand, shells or other naturally occurring material) within the marine park including:
    • installing or relocating a mooring
    • construction activities including dredging, reclamation, driving posts or piles, construction of boat ramps, seawalls, bridges, pontoons or jetties
  • commercial activities - including tourism operations but not commercial fishing
  • collecting for commercial and private aquariums
  • competitions including line fishing and spearfishing
  • hovercrafts, airboats and seaplanes
  • traditional Indigenous fishing use
  • organised events including sporting or other activities
  • research.

Please be aware that:

  • in some cases, you will not require a permit if you hold a planning approval
  • each marine park is divided into zones (e.g. sanctuary, habitat protection and general use zones) and the permits required for each zone in each marine park will vary.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


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Act(s) name

Marine Estate Management Act 2014 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Marine Estate Management Regulation 2017 New South Wales

Lodgement process


Applications must be lodged at the office of the appropriate marine park. Applications can be lodged in person, by post, by fax or by mail.

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Fisheries NSW

Contact details

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