Authority to build infrastructure and structures (including service facilities) in protected areas - Queensland


The building of infrastructure and structures (including service facilities) in protected areas must be managed according to the requirements of sections 15 and 34(2) of the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Examples of use 
Interest in land use of a protected area is most commonly for infrastructure such as:

  • transmission lines
  • communication towers, and
  • pipelines.

If a management statement or management plan is in effect for a protected area, the statement or plan has to be considered as well.

However, section 35 of the Act makes it possible for the chief executive of the department to allow a proposed use of a national park or protected area that is inconsistent with the management principles or management plan, if:

  • the basic principle for the management of national parks will be observed as far as possible (if the land is in a national park)
  • the use will be in the public interest
  • the use is ecologically sustainable
  • there is no reasonable alternative to the use.

Service type


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


Different fees apply for different uses authorised. More information regarding fees can be found under 'Additional information'.

Application process

Before you apply

If you are considering applying for an authority under sections 34-37 of the Nature Conservation Act 1992 contact us or email to discuss your  proposal with your regional QPWS Principal Ranger, Technical Support, before making a formal application.

Applying for an authority

Formal applications can be made by submitting an application form, along with your supporting information to the chief executive. To apply please use the:


Mail your submission to:

Assessment and Approvals, QPWS
Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
PO Box 3103

Phone (07) 4936 0587 for more information.

Transfer process

This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

Learn more about:

Contact your local QPWS office for specific information about fees for various uses.

You can also find information about Authorisations for infrastructure and structures in protected areas on the Business Queensland website.


Administering agency

Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Assessments and Approvals

Contact details

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Assessments and Approvals

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

Mailing address: PO Box 15187
Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Website: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services regional offices (Opens in new window)