Authority to build infrastructure and structures in protected areas - Queensland


You will need this authorisation for the building of infrastructure and structures in a protected area.

Infrastructure and structures that may be allowed in protected areas include:

  • service facilities such as electricity transmission lines, telecommunication towers, marine navigational aids and water or gas pipelines
  • ecotourism, scientific or education facilities.

Development in national parks is generally limited only to uses that are consistent with the basic management principle of national parks (that being the permanent preservation of natural condition and protection of cultural resources and values of the area). However, service and ecotourism facilities may be allowed where:

  • the cardinal principle for the management of national parks will be observed as far as possible
  • the use will be in the public interest
  • the use will be ecologically sustainable
  • (if the use is a service facility) there is no reasonably practical alternative to the use.

Before you start building, you should consider any management statement or plan in effect for a protected area. Any infrastructure and development on protected areas must generally be consistent with the management principles for the protected area and any management plan or statement for the area.

Service type


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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please contact the agency for information on fees to be submitted.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Authorisation application form - Please contact the agency for information on the current application process and relevant form.


This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

Where significant residual environmental impacts are likely to result from a proposed infrastructure project on a protected area, an environmental offset may be required under the State Offsets Framework.

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Science

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

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:

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Department of Environment and Science

Phone: 1300 130 372
Website: Department of Environment and Science (Opens in new window)