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.
Information on fishing, hunting and other activities requiring permits or licences.
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.
To ensure minimal impact on our freshwater ecosystems, anyone wanting to move, possess or farm freshwater species must have authorisation.
Start one of DOC's online or field based courses or view resources for teachers on conservation topics.