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Commercial Activity Permits for protected areas, recreation areas and forests

New permitting hub

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is currently developing a new permitting system, known as the Parks and Forest Permits Hub (P&FP), for permits issued on Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service-managed land.

From mid-2021, the new online service hub will be available for use by permit holders and applicants from the DES website enabling you to:

  • manage your authority
  • submit renewals, amendments and returns
  • access all your documents in the one place.

Further information and updates on the hub will be provided soon.

To conduct business or fundraising activities in a national park or other protected area, you must apply for a Commercial Activity Permit (CAP).

CAPs are legally required if you want to operate in the following types of protected areas in Queensland:

  • state forests and forest reserves including plantation forests
  • national parks
  • conservation parks
  • resources reserves
  • recreation areas, including
    • Moreton Island Recreation Area
    • Minjerribah Recreation Area
    • Bribie Island Recreation Area
    • Fraser Island Recreation Area
    • Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area
    • Cooloola Recreation Area
    • Green Island Recreation Area.

Commercial permissions also apply to marine parks. Learn more about marine park permits.

This guide explains how to apply for a CAP, and what you need to do to comply once you have a permit or agreement.


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