Permits and approvals

A variety of activities within the marine park require a permit, including:

  • commercial activities – including tourism operations but not commercial fishing;
  • using personal watercraft (jetskis) or hovercraft;
  • organised events (including weddings and competitions);
  • horse riding in permitted areas;
  • research;
  • collecting for private aquariums;
  • aquaculture.

Vessel based whale and dolphin watching

Commercial vessel operators require a permit to conduct whale watching in the Marine Park.

  • Permits will not be granted for commercial vessels to whale watch east of Cape Byron between latitudes 28° 36.9'S and 28° 39.6'S; that is, east of a line from 1 nautical mile north of the northern most extremity of the Cape (Stepping Stones) to 1 nautical mile south of the southernmost extremity of the Cape (Cosy Corner).

Obtain a permit

Marine parks permit application form

Permit standard conditions

Marine parks permit policy

If you are interested in an activity requiring a permit, then email/fax/post your completed permit application form to Cape Byron Marine Park.

Development approvals

Proposals for development within or adjacent to the marine park must be assessed under marine estate and planning legislation, and a marine park permit may be required. Contact the marine park for more information.

Other management actions