You will require a permit for certain activities conducted 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 number of activities requiring a permit varies between marine parks.
This following list identifies the types of activities that may require a permit:
- harm any animal or plant
- damage or interfere with any habitat
- clean any fish or fishing gear
- dredging and beach replenishment (excavation of sand or other material)
- undertake aquaculture
- take or attempt to take fish (including for aquarium collection)
- activities associated with moorings, buoys, signs, boundary markers and vessels, motorised vehicles
- bring domesticated animals into a marine park
- organised research
- camping and lighting fires
- sell or hire any article, thing or service
- conduct amusement, entertainment, instruction, performance or activity for money
- organised sporting, educational and recreational activities including sporting competitions, concerts and educational programs.
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 (for example: sanctuary, habitat protection and general use zones) and the permits required for each zone in each marine park will vary.
Please consult the Contact Officer in the first instance to determine whether your proposed activity will require a permit.