Special Permit - Northern Territory


You will need to apply for this permit if you intend to, under strict controls, undertake certain activities in relation to fish or aquatic life which would otherwise be illegal.

If your activity has a commercial purpose you may also need to obtain a deed of agreement under the Biological Resources Act 2006.

The most common activities requiring this permit are scientific research or aquariums taking fish or aquatic life.

Service type


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


5 Years.


$730 (2019-20)(fee only applicable to applications that will retain and sell fish or aquatic life).

Cash, Credit Card / EFTPOS, Cheque or money order.

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1988 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Regulations 1992 Northern Territory

Additional information

Application in writing.

Administering agency

Fisheries Group

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Senior Management Officer

Fisheries Group

Operating address: 33 Vaughan Street
Berrimah NT 0828
Mailing address: GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 0889992370
Fax: 0889992057