Permits to take or interfere with wildlife

You must have a permit to take or interfere with wildlife in the Northern Territory (NT).

A permit to take or interfere with protected wildlife can be for many different purposes. 

Some of the key types include all of the following:

  • take protected wildlife - problem animals
  • take or interfere with wildlife for scientific purposes
  • take or interfere with wildlife for commercial purposes - such as seed harvesting, taking timber for didgeridoos or observing nesting marine turtles during a commercial tour.

If you are doing research on road reserves you must contact the Department of Infrastructure for approval.

Apply for a permit to take or interfere with wildlife

This permit includes plant harvesting, crocodile egg harvesting, observing nesting marine turtles, pet trade collection and the removal of problem animals.

Commercial tourism operators must apply for a permit to interfere with wildlife before conducting marine turtle watching activities in the Northern Territory. If your tour goes to  Parks and Wildlife Commission managed parks or reserves, you  must also possess a tour operator permit.

Read the turtle watching guidelines.

Marine Turtle Watching Community Guidelines (174.8 kb)
Marine Turtle Watching Community Guidelines (1.9 mb)

To get a copy of the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT's marine turtle watch policy and guidelines, contact the Parks and Wildlife permits and concessions office.

Once your permit has expired, you need to submit all data by email to biodiversity@nt.gov.au.

Before you apply

Before you apply you will need to get the following approvals:

  • written permission from the landholder or lands authority
  • and if you are on Aboriginal Land you will need permission from that land council.

You should allow at least two weeks for your permit to be approved.

There are heavy penalties if you take or interfere with protected wildlife without a permit.

How to apply

Fill in the permit to take or interfere with wildlife form.

Permit to take or interfere with wildlife (121.0 kb)
Permit to take or interfere with wildlife (486.5 kb)

Apply for a permit to take or interfere with wildlife for scientific purposes

This permit is for people wanting to watch, collect, survey, measure, assess or monitor wildlife in the wild for scientific research.

Before you apply

If you are researching vertebrates you will need an approval letter from an approved animal ethics committee.

You may need to enter into a benefit sharing agreement where the research involves, or has the potential to involve, bioprospecting.

You will be contacted by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources if this is the case.

You should allow at least four weeks for your permit to be approved.

How to apply

Fill in the permit to undertake scientific research on wildlife form.

Permit to undertake scientific research on wildlife (116.3 kb)
Permit to undertake scientific research on wildlife (592.9 kb)

If you are researching or collecting flora or fauna in parks and reserves you will need to sign the special conditions form at the end of the permit application form.

How to submit your application

Submit your application to the Parks and Wildlife permits and concessions office

Last updated: 27 June 2017