Apply for an Aboriginal heritage impact permit

How to apply for an Aboriginal heritage impact permit and what to include in your application.

An Aboriginal heritage impact permit (AHIP) is a legal document that gives permission to harm Aboriginal objects or places and sets out conditions to comply with.

This is the process of application lodgement to outcome.

How to apply

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Gather your essential documents

These include:

Hard copies of documents are not required.

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Pay the fee

Pay the application fee – payment details are included on the application form.

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Lodge your application

Lodge your application form and the essential documents by email:

You can submit files that exceed email limits using Dropbox. Share the Dropbox link with

Your application is checked for completeness within 14 days.

What happens next

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Application assessment

Once accepted as complete, your application is allocated for assessment and the application clock starts. The timeframe is 60 days.

The application is assessed to consider the nature and extent of harm to Aboriginal cultural heritage. Internal specialists may provide input.

You may be contacted to discuss your application, provide additional information, and/or clarify details. The application clock stops until the requested information is received.

An assessment report is then prepared with recommendations for determination.

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Application outcome

The Secretary of the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water is the approval body; however, most applications are determined by Heritage NSW as delegate.

You will be informed of the outcome in writing.