Prohibited Weapons - Scientific Purposes Permit - New South Wales


You will require this permit if you intend to possess or use a prohibited weapon to carry out scientific research. You must be able to provide evidence that your research is legitimate scientific research and that a prohibited weapon is necessary in the conduct of that research. Legitimate scientific research is research endorsed or conducted by a legitimate research body, organisation, government agency or university.

This permit also authorises any employees listed on the permit to possess and use a weapon to which the permit relates. Please refer to the Schedule 1 Prohibited Weapons document for a full list of prohibited weapons in NSW.

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 permit, you must prove that you are conducting legitimate scientific research that requires the possession or use of a prohibited weapon.

Further eligibility criteria and details of the information you must provide with your application are outlined in the attached documents.


Maximum of five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $127.00 Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All $25.00

For each additional person authorised by the permit. Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Weapons Prohibition Regulation 2017 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Communities 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.