Paintball

Paintball markers are no longer considered firearms regulated by NSW Police but recreational sporting devices managed by Fair Trading. This page explains the changes.

Permits issued under the old laws

If you are the holder of an existing permit (issued by NSW Police) your permit will be recognised under the new laws. To support transition your permit will also have its expiry date extended by one year from its current expiry date.

Follow the renewal process below when it's time to renew.

The below changes have been in place since 1 July 2019.

You do not need a permit to play paintball, only to own a paintball marker, operate a paintball business or bring a paintball marker into NSW from overseas.

By modernising the laws, we are removing red tape for the paintball industry and making it easier for you to play paintball, while maintaining robust public safety controls.

Other changes include:

  • a simpler permit system for everyone
  • reduced compliance burdens for the industry
  • the minimum age for players reduced to 12 years of age
  • paintball marker sharing arrangements between venue operators
  • specifications on what protective clothing and equipment is required
  • mutual recognition of applicable interstate permits.

What is a paintball marker?

A ‘paintball marker’ is another word for a paintball gun.

Apply for a permit

There are three types of paintball permits:

  1. Venue permit – allows you to operate a paintball business in NSW, purchase and possess paintball markers (for use at the venue), supply paintball markers at the venue solely for temporary used at the venue and supplying paintball markers to another venue permit holder under a sharing arrangement.
  2. Marker permit – allows you to purchase and own a paintball marker in NSW (does not allow you to use the paintball marker outside an authorised venue).
  3. International paintball competitor permit – allows you to bring a paintball marker into NSW (usually for a competition).

Venue permits and marker permits applicants can apply for a permit for one, three or five years.

An international paintball competitor permit is valid only for one year.

How to apply

Complete the application form and email it to us at FTlicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au

Or post it to us:

NSW Fair Trading Licensing
Locked Bag 2906
Lisarow NSW 2252

The fee needs to be paid by credit card, cheque or money order.

What you need

For each of the three new permit types, there is one form: the application for a new paintball permit form.

You will also need:

  • your contact details
  • your passport and details of the competition you’re here for (if you’re applying for an international competitor permit)
  • proof of insurance (if you’re applying for a venue permit)
  • to have completed the General Firearms Safety training course for Long Arms
  • payment
  • Council approval to operate a paintball venue (if you’re applying for a venue permit)

Use this additional details form if you answered yes to any questions in 'applicant's history' section of any of the paintball application forms.

Fees

There is one flat fee for permits, regardless of the time period selected.

New application fees and renewal fees are:

  • Venue permit - $500 (for 1, 3 and 5 year permits)
  • Marker permit - $75 (for 1, 3 and 5 year permits)
  • International competitor permit - $75

Renewing a permit

When your permit is nearing its expiry date, we will notify you via email or mobile.

You can contact us if you’re unsure of when your expiry date is.

How to renew

Complete the application form and email it to us at FTlicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au along with the renewal fee

Or post it to us:

NSW Fair Trading Licensing
Locked Bag 2906
Lisarow NSW 2252

The new fee needs to be paid by credit card, cheque or money order.

We will process your application within 28 days.

What you need

You will need to complete the application for renewing a paintball permit form.

You will also need:

  • your contact details
  • your passport and details of the competition you’re here for (if you’re applying for an international competitor permit)
  • proof of insurance (if you’re applying for a venue permit)
  • to have completed the General Firearms Safety training course for Long Arms
  • payment
  • Council approval to operate a paintball venue (if you’re applying for a venue permit)

Use this additional details form if you answered yes to any questions in 'applicant's history' section of any of the paintball application forms.

Fees

There is one flat fee for permits, regardless of the time period selected.

New application fees and renewal fees are:

  • Venue permit - $500 (for 1, 3 and 5 year permits)
  • Marker permit - $75 (for 1, 3 and 5 year permits)
  • International competitor permit - $75

Updating permit details

You need to tell us of any changes to your details (eg change of contact details/address if you’re a paintball marker owner, or change of business owner if the business has changed hands).

This ensures that your renewal notice is sent to the right contact.

How to update

Complete the form and email it to us at FTlicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au

Or post it to us:

NSW Fair Trading Licensing
Locked Bag 2906
Lisarow NSW 2252

The fee needs to be paid by credit card, cheque or money order.

What you need

You need to complete the change of details for a paintball permit form.

Use this additional details form if you answered yes to any questions in 'applicant's history' section of any of the paintball application forms.

Fees

There is a fee of $34 to vary a permit.

Replace a permit

If your permit is lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or issued with a printing error you can apply for a replacement.

How to replace

Complete the form and email it to us at FTlicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au

Or post it to us:

NSW Fair Trading Licensing
Locked Bag 2906
Lisarow NSW 2252

The fee needs to be paid by credit card, cheque or money order.

What you need

You need to complete the replace a paintball permit form.

Use this additional details form if you answered yes to any questions in 'applicant's history' section of any of the paintball application forms.

Fees

There is a fee of $34 to replace a permit.

Suspended or cancelled permits

Disciplinary action, including suspension or cancellation of a permit, serving a notice to show cause, cautions, imposing conditions on a permit and disqualification from holding a permit may be taken in a number of circumstances, including:

  • The holder of a permit has failed to comply with a condition of a permit
  • The holder of a permit engaged in improper or unethical conduct which indicated the holder is unfit to hold a permit.
  • The holder of a permit has not complied with the Paintball Act 2018 and Paintball Regulation 2019

Safety, training, storage and transportation

Safety

  • Wearing protective clothing and equipment is mandatory.  ‘Appropriate’ clothing and equipment includes as a minimum a paintball helmet and mask or other protective covering for the eyes and face .
  • You must also wear enclosed shoes and other clothing that covers as much of the body as is reasonable in the circumstance.
  • You cannot enter a paintball area at any time when there is a paintball marker in the area otherwise.
  • The paintball area must be clearly marked with signage and boundaries to show the area where a paintball marker can be used. A paintball marker cannot be used in any area other than the paintball game area.

Training and supervision

  • To obtain a paintball marker permit, you must have completed an approved training course that addresses the safe use of paintball markers and the safe conduct of activities associated with paintball markers, such as the General Firearms Safety training course for Long Arms. To obtain a paintball venue permit, an approved training course that addresses the safe use of paintball marker and the safe conduct of activities associated with paintball markers, such as the General Firearms Safety training course for Long Arms, must have been completed by:
    • (if the applicant is a sole trader) - the applicant, or
    • (if the applicant is a partnership) - at least one of the partners of the partnership, or
    • (if the applicant is a body corporate or corporation) - at least one of the directors of the body corporate or corporation.
  • To obtain an international paintball competitor permit, completion of an approved training course is not required.
  • Venue permit holders must ensure the use of paintball markers are supervised by an employee who either holds a paintball marker permit or has completed an approved training course that addresses the safe use of paintball markers and the safe conduct of activities associated with the paintball markers.
  • If you are visiting a venue, you don’t need to complete an approved training course however the venue may provide you with a safety induction.

Storage

  • All paintball markers must be stored in an inoperable state    (such as by having the gas canister removed) and in a locked metal container.

Transportation

  • All paintball markers must be in an inoperable state and concealed in a secured bag or locked container when being transported.
  • A paintball marker must not be left unattended when being transported.

Notifying us when supplying or sharing a marker

Supply

Some examples of supplying may include selling or transferring ownership of a paintball marker.

An “authorised supplier” is:

  • the holder of a paintball venue permit issued in NSW
  • the holder of a firearms dealer licence under the Firearms Act 1996
  • the holder of a weapons dealer permit under the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998.

If you are a paintball venue permit holder, you are only authorised to supply paintball markers for the following purposes:

  • to a person at your paintball venue, solely for the temporary use of the paintball marker at that venue
  • to another holder of a paintball venue permit under a paintball marker sharing arrangement (see below section on sharing).

Notifying us of supplying paintball markers

  • Are you an authorised supplier who sells or supplies paintball markers to another authorised seller?
  • Are you an authorised supplier who has sold or supplied paintball markers to another person authorised to purchase a paintball marker (such as the holder of a paintball marker permit)?
  • Are you a paintball venue permit holder who supplied paintball markers to another paintball venue permit holder under a paintball marker sharing arrangement where the paintball markers were not supplied back to you within 14 days?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should complete the Notification of the supply or disposal of paintball markers form using section C.

  • Are you an authorised supplier who has been supplied a paintball marker from someone who is not an authorised supplier (such as an individual paintball marker permit holder)?

If you answered yes to this question, then you should complete the Notification of the supply or disposal of paintball markers form using section D.

Sharing paintball markers between paintball venue permit holders

Paintball venue permit holders can enter into paintball marker sharing arrangements with other venue permit holders.

A paintball marker sharing arrangement provides flexibility to paintball businesses, especially during high demand periods, negating the need to purchase additional equipment that may only be used infrequently.

You and the recipient (i.e. the other venue permit holder that is a party to the paintball marker sharing arrangement) must keep a record for 7 years of the specific the details of the sharing arrangement and the shared markers must be returned within 14 days.

If by the end of that 14 days the paintball marker is not returned to you, you have 7 days to notify us.

As part of this process, you will need to provide the paintball marker’s serial number and the contact details of the recipient. This will go onto a register of paintball markers that will we maintain.

Under the legislation, we are required to maintain a register of the paintball markers which provides us with necessary information regarding the possession and location of paintball markers.

Use the notification of the supply or disposal of paintball markers form using section C.

Notifying us when disposing of a marker

Disposing

Some examples of disposing may include a marker that is returned to an authorised supplier for destruction or a marker that is no longer in service.

Only an authorised supplier may dispose of a paintball marker. If you dispose or destroy a paintball marker you must notify us within 7 days using the Notification of the supply or disposal of paintball markers form using section E.

Under 18 years

Provided they have written consent from a parent or guardian, any child 12 years and over can play paintball at an authorised venue, using the paintball markers supplied by that venue.

Children cannot own a paintball marker.

Insurance

An insurance policy of at least $10 million is required to operate a paintball venue. The policy must cover everyone allowed to play paintball – 12 years and over.

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