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


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.

There are a number of activities within the park that require a marine parks permit which include:

  • 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 (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.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


As specified


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Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Marine Estate Management Act 2014 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Marine Estate Management Regulation 2017 New South Wales

Application process


You may be requested to provide further information to allow for a full assessment your proposals under the criteria set out in the regulations.

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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