To run a commercial business or non-profit activity, occupy land or build a structure on conservation land you need to apply for permission (a concession) from DOC.
You need authorisation to collect and/or undertake research on plants, animals or geological samples or to take, hold, release or kill protected species.
You need permission from DOC to use a prospecting, exploration or mining permit on public conservation land. You also need a Crown Minerals Act permit.
Find out how to apply to hold protected wildlife in captivity and get the guidelines used to consider applications.
If you are monitoring or researching within a marine reserve you may need a permit under the Marine Reserves Act.
Marine mammal permits are needed to run a business for whale watching, swimming with dolphins, viewing seals or anything involving marine mammals, including filming above, on or under the water.
Information on fishing, hunting and other activities requiring permits or licences.
DOC has a mix of online and field based courses that are open to the public - start one now.