Shooters Licence - Northern Territory


You will  be required to apply for a shooters licence if you intend to privately own firearms for non-commercial purposes. A shooters licence is the most common licence and authorises the holder to possess and use only firearms of a category specified in the licence. All firearms must be registered. The cost of registration is incorporated in a Permit to Purchase or Acquire a Firearm. The following categories are available:

A - Shotguns or Rimfire rifles other then pump action or self loading. Air rifles or shot gun rim fire combination.

B - Muzzle loading, centrefire rifles, other than self loading, shot gun and centrefire combinations

C - Self loading rimfire rifles with a capacity of no more than 10 rounds, self loading and pump action shotguns with a capacity of no more than 5 rounds. Tranquilliser guns.

D - Self loading centrefire rifles, self loading or pump action shotguns with a capacity of more than 5 rounds. Self loading rimfire rifles with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. Firearms, other than pistols, less than 70cm long and capable of being concealed on or about a persons body.

H - Pistols and air pistols.

Under the Firearms Act a person must be licensed to own, possess, purchase or discharge a firearm, however an applicant for a Shooter's Licence need not own a firearm in order to apply for a Licence.

If shooting on crown land, shooters must have a crown land permit. If shooting on private land, shooters must have permission from the owner.

If you require any further information, please contact the agency.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for a shooters licence, you must:

  • be subject to conviction checks and domestic violence or restraining order checks
  • must be deemed to be a fit and proper person
  • over the age of 18
  • have completed an approved firearms training and safety course.
For more information on eligibility, please contact the agency.


Class A or B - 10 years; Class C - 5 years; Class H - 5 years.



Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1997 Northern Territory

Administering agency

Northern Territory Police, Fire & Emergency Services

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Front Desk

Northern Territory Police, Fire & Emergency Services

Operating address: Local Police Station
Phone: 08 8922 3543