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 sections 34, 35 and 35a of the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and must be managed according to the requirements of sections 15 and 34(2) of the Act.

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.

Examples of use 

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; and
  • 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; 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.

Application process

Before you apply

If you are considering applying, contact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to discuss your proposal with the regional staff.

Transfer process

This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

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


Administering agency

Department of Environment and Science

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships

Department of Environment and Science

Mailing address: Major Projects and Estate Management
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 3130
Rockhampton QLD 4701
Phone: 1300 130 372
Website: Department of Environment and Science (Opens in new window)