Commercial activity permit - Queensland


You need this permit in order to conduct activities for commercial benefit, gain or profit in a national park or another protected area in Queensland. This can include some fundraising activities by not-for-profit organisations.

Specifically, a permit is required if:

  • the primary purpose of the activity is to make a profit
  • the activity, tour, course or transport is provided free of charge, but in conjunction with another commercial product or service
  • the service is being provided by someone who is being compensated or paid a fee (e.g. a tour guide or group leader)
  • the activity is ongoing or regular
  • an entry or participation fee is being collected over and above those costs associated with conducting the activity
  • the activity is open to the public as well as a specific membership group.

Examples of activities requiring a CAP are:

  • guided tours
  • events
  • filming and photography
  • canoeing, rafting or kayaking
  • fundraising and charitable events
  • hang-gliding or paragliding
  • scenic flights
  • vending (e.g. mobile food vending)
  • scuba diving
  • motorised activities.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit, you must have the following insurance:

  • workers compensation insurance
  • public liability insurance for $20 million
  • any other activity-specific insurance and indemnity requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must submit a return of operations within 20 business days of the end of each prescribed period.


This permit remains in effect for a maximum period of three years, depending on the applicant's requirements. Permits can be continued if the operator is planning to continue in exactly the same manner, with no increased capacity and new sites. A continuation fee and permit fees are payable.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Approval time

Up to 40 days


This permit cannot be transferred.

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:

Park Access Team

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Department of Environment and Science

Phone: 07 3199 7514