Culture and heritage

Aboriginal heritage

AHIP application forms

AHIPs, AHIP variations, AHIP transfers, and AHIP surrenders

Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit applications

A person can apply for a new Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP). To apply for a new AHIP under section 90A of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 you will need to:

  1. prepare a cultural heritage assessment report that meets the requirements in the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009
  2. complete an Aboriginal community consultation process required by the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009 (and also described in the Aboriginal cultural heritage consultation requirements for proponents 2010 (PDF 4MB))
  3. download and fill in the AHIP application form (DOC 134KB) and provide any additional information to support your application, including site information for the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS)
  4. send your completed form, accompanying documentation and payment to your nearest OEH regional office.

Note: The AHIP application form is provided in pdf format and can be filled in electronically if desired. Download and save the blank form to your computer before filling it in. The completed form will still need to be printed and submitted to an OEH office with the appropriate application fee and supporting information.

Vary AHIP conditions

A variation includes the substitution, omission or amendment of an existing condition, or attaching a new condition to an AHIP. To apply for an AHIP variation under section 90D of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, complete the following steps:

  1. If your variation will result in a significant increase in harm, complete an Aboriginal community consultation process that has been set by the Director General (see National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009).
  2. Download and fill in the AHIP variation application form (PDF 694KB) and provide any additional information to support your application.
  3. Send your completed form, accompanying documentation and payment to your nearest OEH regional office.

Transfer an AHIP

An AHIP can be transferred to another person. To apply for a transfer of an AHIP under section 90B of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 you will need to:

  1. download and fill in the AHIP transfer application form, PDF 667KB and provide any additional information to support your application
  2. send your completed form (signed by both the current and proposed AHIP holder) and payment to your nearest OEH regional office.

Surrender an AHIP

An AHIP can be surrendered by the AHIP holder. To apply to surrender an AHIP under section 90H of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 you will need to:

  1. download and fill in the AHIP surrender application form (PDF 561KB) and provide any additional information to support your application
  2. send your completed form, accompanying documentation and payment to your nearest OEH regional office.

Note: The AHIP application form, AHIP variation application form, AHIP transfer application form, and AHIP surrender application form is provided in pdf format and can be filled in electronically if desired. Download and save the blank form to your computer before filling it in. The completed form will still need to be printed and submitted to an OEH office with the appropriate application fee and supporting information.

For more information on how Aboriginal cultural heritage is protected and OEH's regulatory role, please see the Regulation of Aboriginal cultural heritage section.

OEH regional offices

Metro Branch

Greater Sydney Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
PO Box 644
Parramatta NSW 2124

T: 02 8837 6000
F: 02 9995 6900

North Branch

Hunter Central Coast Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
Locked Bag 1002
Dangar NSW 2309

T: 02 4927 3152
F: 02 4927 3192
E: rog.hcc@environment.nsw.gov.au

North East Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
Locked Bag 914
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

T: 02 6659 8235
F: 02 6659 6187


North West Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
PO Box 2111
Dubbo NSW 2830

T: 02 6883 5330
F: 02 6881 6326

South Branch

Illawarra Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
PO Box 513
Wollongong NSW 2520

T: 02 4224 4177
F: 02 4224 4199


South East Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
PO Box 733
Queanbeyan NSW 2620

T: 02 6229 7188
F: 02 6229 7006

South West Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
PO Box 544
Albury NSW 2640

T: 02 6022 0624
F: 02 6022 0610

Page last updated: 05 April 2017