Get application forms to conduct activities on public conservation land and/or with native species.


Delays in processing

We’re currently receiving a large number of applications and they are taking longer than advised to process.

We're working hard to process older and urgent applications first – advise us on your application form if your permit is urgent. This will help us to prioritise your application against others received at a similar time.

Contact if you have any questions.

Follow the links below for the activity you would like to apply to do.


Activities involving marine mammals

Marine reserve permits

Mining activities

Wildlife, research and collection activities

If you're not sure which research or wildlife authorisation you need, try our decision-making tool.

Wildlife Act Authority

Research or collection

Completing your application

To make sure the Department can effectively and efficiently process your application, make it as detailed as possible. If your application is incomplete it will be rejected.

International movement of endangered species

Hunting and fishing

You can apply for an open area hunting permit online, or contact the local DOC office for a restricted area hunting permit, dog permit, small game or game bird hunting permit.

You can apply for a Taupo fishing licence online.

Reserve/park permits

You also need an entry permit to enter all nature reserves and scientific reserves. This includes:

For access to any other nature or scientific reserves contact the DOC office closest to the reserve.

Freshwater authorisations

Other application forms


There are some areas where you require a permit to take your dog onto public conservation land. See dog access on conservation land for more information.


Apply for a fire permit with Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

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