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Applying for a permit

Before applying please read the marine park activities to understand which activities require permission.

If your proposed activities include areas within the Commonwealth Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, check the requirements and options for joint marine parks permits.

For activities in Great Sandy, Moreton Bay and Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Parks download the State only application form (DOCX, 187KB).

Tourism and vessel charter

For tourism and vessel charter programs, you have the option to apply for a standard permit for the Great Sandy and Moreton Bay Marine Parks. Key features of the standard permit include a simple application form, reduced assessment times, a 6-year permit term, a wide range of access to most areas of the Marine Parks, a range of activities and no restriction on the number of vessels that may be used. To find out more, read the information sheet (PDF, 194KB) or download the standard permit application form for a Great Sandy and Moreton Bay Marine Park permit (DOCX, 135KB). See an example of a completed standard tourism and vessel charter permit (PDF, 3MB).

Contact us to discuss your proposed activities or for more information on the applicable fees, timeframes and supporting documentation required.

Great Sandy Marine Park and Moreton Bay Marine Park contact QPWS

Phone: (07) 3199 7514
Email: Parkaccess@des.qld.gov.au

Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park (including Island National Parks) contact QPWS

Phone: (07) 4222 5240
Email: gbrmppermits@des.qld.gov.au

Great Barrier Reef (Commonwealth) Marine Park contact GBRMPA

Phone: (07) 4750 0700
Email: assessments@gbrmpa.gov.au
Website: GBRMPA

If your activity is within the Queensland Great Barrier Reef Region, we may need to issue your permit jointly with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Submitting your application

Submit your completed application form with any supporting information to Parkaccess@des.qld.gov.au.

Supporting information

Documentation that may be required to assess your application can include maps of where the activity is proposed to take place, additional information describing the activity, environmental impact statements and management plans, and drawings of the proposed structure.

Application assessment

Any activity in the Marine Park that requires permission is subject to an assessment and a decision on whether the permission is granted. There are two assessment types:

  • Standard assessment – impacts of the activities proposed have been assessed against legislative criteria as low risk if conducted in accordance with standard permit conditions.
  • Non-standard assessment – the specific details of the activity will be assessed against legislative criteria in relation to environmental, cultural and social values of the marine park.

You must be issued with a permit before you can begin your activity in the marine park.

Application processing time

Assessment of your permit application may take up to 60 business days. If more information is required, it may take an additional 20 business days to process your application.

Permit fees

Fees generally do not apply to state marine park permit applications, other than for commercial whale watching. Fees are outlined in the Marine Parks Regulation 2017.

Amending marine park permits

If you propose changes to your activities you need to apply to have your permit amended accordingly using the state only application form (DOCX, 187KB). In your application include the current permit number and provide a detailed description of the changes required.

Renewing marine park permits

To renew your marine park permit complete either the state only application form (DOCX, 187KB) or the standard permit application form for the Great Sandy and Moreton Bay Marine Parks (DOCX, 135KB) and submit it before the permit expires. Your existing marine park permit is taken to be in force while the new application is being considered.

Transfer of marine park permits

Marine park permits may be transferred. An application form must be submitted and signed by the proposed transferee. A letter or email from the current permit holder stating their intention to transfer or sell the permit, and the proposed transferee stating their intention to receive or purchase it, must also be submitted. The transferee must be a suitable person to hold a permit.

Marine Park permit holder returns

Tourism and vessel charter permit holders are required to submit a return of operations to the department on a quarterly basis.

Download the relevant returns form for tourism program and vessel charter (skippered charter) (XSLX, 44KB) or the returns form for vessel charter (hire) (XSLX, 26KB). Completed returns forms can be submitted electronically by emailing southernpermitsteam@des.qld.gov.au.