Applying for a Commercial Activity Permit
To conduct commercial activities in national parks, recreation areas and forests, you must apply for a Commercial Activity Permit (CAP).
You can apply for a CAP for a period of up to 3 months, 1 year, 2 years or 3 years.
You must submit the CAP application form and fees to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS).
You can use a single application form even if you are planning to operate in more than one national park, recreation area or forest.
Before you apply
Book a free pre-lodgement meeting
You can request a free pre-lodgement meeting to:
- discuss and develop your proposal
- reduce assessment time frames
- increase your chance of success.
We do not refund application fees if your application is refused, so this meeting could save you time and money.
Take out insurance and indemnity
You will not be issued with a CAP unless you have all of the following types of insurance cover for the whole time the permit is granted for:
- workers' compensation insurance - required under the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 to cover workers, eligible individuals, self-employed contractors, directors, trustees and partners
- public liability insurance - the government's standard $20 million arising from any one event resulting in the death or injury of persons, or loss or damage to property
- any other QPWS insurance and indemnity requirements - which will depend on the type of activity you are proposing.
You must pay fees when you apply including application fees and permit fees.
Learn more about fees for CAPs.
Lodge your application form
You can apply for a CAP with the application form.
You must be issued with a permit before you can begin your commercial activity.
Assessment of CAP applications can take up to 40 business days.
If we need to ask you for more information, it may take an additional 20 business days to process your application.
You will be required to declare on the application form that you understand the information provided may be disclosed to third parties.
This will allow QPWS to fully assess the application and meet obligations to third parties set down in various agreements, for example with HQPlantations and traditional owners.
If you are a permit holder, you should also be aware that copies of permits may be made public on the QPWS website.
If your commercial activity involves overnight camping, you will need to pay camping fees in addition to your application fee and daily site fees.
Learn more about camping bookings.
Penalties for operating without a permit
It is an offence to conduct a commercial activity in a national park, forest or recreation area without a permit.
If you or your business is found conducting a commercial activity in a national park, forest or recreation area without a CAP, you may be issued with an infringement notice or prosecuted through the court system.
You must allow time for your CAP application to be assessed when planning your commercial activities.
- Learn more about commercial filming and photography in national parks, conservation parks, recreation areas or forests.
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