Note: There is a large volume of applications that will be processed on a first-in first-served basis. This backlog is likely to be cleared by March 2016.
If you’re not sure which research or wildlife authorisation you need, try our decision-making tool.
Apply for a permit to catch, handle or release wildlife.
Apply for an authorisation to move, possess or farm freshwater species.
Apply for a permit to collect samples or undertake research on plants, soils, rocks, invertebrates, fresh water fish species or historic materials that are on public conservation land.
Apply for a permit if you want to undertake commercial activities involving marine mammals, or you want to take, hold, import or export marine mammals.
Apply for a permit to monitor species or conduct research within a marine reserve.
Apply for an access arrangement to prospect, explore or mine on public conservation land.
DOC has a responsibility to ‘give effect to the principles’ of the Treaty of Waitangi (Treaty) in all the work we do.
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