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


The building of infrastructure and structures in protected areas (national parks, conservation parks and resource reserves) must be managed according to the requirements of sections 15 and 34(2) of the Nature Conservation Act 1992. All development in a protected area must be consistent with the management principles of that protected area. If a management statement or management plan is in effect for a protected area, the statement or plan has to be considered as well.

Depending on the type of protected area and proposed works, infrastructure and structures may be authorised under sections 34, 35 35A, 37 or 38 of the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Examples of use 

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

  • Scientific or educational facilities
  • Service facilities, which are essential public infrastructure such as electricity transmission lines, telecommunication towers, marine navigational aids and water or gas pipelines; and
  • Ecotourism facilities.

What uses may be allowed depends on the specific type of protected area over which the use is proposed..

Development in national parks is generally limited only to uses that are consistent with the cardinal 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; and
  • (if the use is a service facility) there is no reasonably practical 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:

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Department of Environment and Science
PO Box 3130


Or by email to

Phone (07) 4936 0562 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)