Scientific Permits and Authorities to Collect Native Flora

What is the meaning of take?

Taking Native flora by definition, for species listed on the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 includes, kill, catch, damage and collect (section 3) of any listed plant, plant part or product (such as seed, foliage, roots, bark, sap etc.) and by definition under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 and the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 includes destroy, damage or interfere with a native plant, plant part or product, this includes dead plant products such as wood, leaf litter etc..

When do I need a permit?

  • Native plant species listed as endangered, vulnerable or rare under the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995. In this case a permit is required regardless of the land tenure (current list of species protected).
  • Any native plant species listed on the regulations of the Nature Conservation Act 2002. In this case the permit is required for all land tenures, unless stated otherwise in the regulations (note that currently there are no species listed under this act).
  • Any native plant species from public lands managed by the State Government.
  • Any native plant species from Private Sanctuaries and Private Nature Reserves which have been declared under the Nature Conservation Act 2002, if you are not the owner of that land.

More information on when a permit may be required for the taking of flora can be found here:

  Guidelines for Applicants of Scientific Permits - Authority to Take Native Flora in Tasmania   (1Mb)

Please note that dendrochronology research on reserved land in Tasmania is subject to some additional collection restrictions and the Agency's Policy and the tree core research zones should be referred to before submitting an application.

  Dendrochronology Sampling Policy   (336Kb)

  Tree Core Research Zones in Tasmania: Spatial Analysis of Rainforest Conifer Species   (2Mb)


How to apply for a permit

If you have determined that you require a permit to carry out your proposed activity and that activity relates to a commercial operation, development or consultancy work related to these activities then please go the ‚ÄčPermit to Take Threatened Species page.

If your proposed activity requires a permit and is to be carried out for scientific, management or educational purposes then an authority can be applied for using the form provided below.

Read the Permit Application Guidelines

Before completing a Permit Application Form, please read the guidelines which are included in the Guidelines for Applicants of Scientific Permits - Authority to Take Native Flora in Tasmania. Included is information on how to apply for a permit, how to fill out the application form, what happens to the application, if issued with a permit what that means plus contacts for further information.

Complete a Permit Application Form
Permit applications must be made to the Natural and Cultural Heritage Division using the required permit application form and with all associated information requested attached.

Forms may be printed out and completed by hand or downloaded as a word document and completed electronically. If needed please increase the size of text boxes to accommodate information. Depending on what the proposed activity is Please forward to the completed form via email or post, and if required direct any enquiries to:

  • For Non-Threatened Plants from Reserved Lands

Ecologist, Biodiversity Monitoring Section, Natural and Cultural Heritage Division,

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment,

GPO Box 44 Hobart, TAS 7001

or email:

  • For Threatened Native Plants, including permits for planned burns which impact threatened species

Threatened Species Section, Natural and Cultural Heritage Division,

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment,

GPO Box 44 Hobart, TAS 7001

or email:

The permit application form is provided in both Microsoft Word and in Adobe Acrobat PDF versions.

For information on equivalent permits that cover Commonwealth areas in Tasmania, see the Commonwealth Government Department of Environment and Heritage web site for Listed Species Permits


Impacts to Aboriginal and Historic heritage

Aboriginal and Historic heritage must be considered before any ground disturbing works. Failure to demonstrate due diligence or to gain appropriate approvals may result in substantial penalties in the event that Aboriginal or historic heritage is impacted. See Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania or Heritage Tasmania for more information about your obligations.




Natural Values Conservation Branch
Level 5, 134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000

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