Paintball

Paintball markers are no longer considered firearms regulated by NSW Police. They are 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.

This applies to permits issued by NSW Police with an original expiry date between 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

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

Quick links:

Apply for a permit

Renew a permit

Update a permit

Replace a permit


Safety, training, storage, and transportation

Supplying or sharing a marker

Disposing of a marker

Suspended or cancelled permits

The changes

The 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.

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

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.

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.

Apply for a permit

There are three types of paintball permits:

  1. Marker permit – allows you to purchase and own a paintball marker in NSW. This does not allow you to use the paintball marker outside an authorised venue.

    Marker permits applicants can apply for a permit for 1, 3 or 5 years.

  2. International paintball competitor permit – allows you to bring a paintball marker into NSW, usually for a competition.

    An international paintball competitor permit is valid only for 1 year.

  3. Venue permit – allows you to operate a paintball business in NSW and:
    • purchase and possess paintball markers (for use at the venue)
    • supply paintball markers at the venue solely for temporary use at the venue
    • supply paintball markers for purchase by paintball permit holders
    • supply paintball markers to another venue permit holder under a sharing arrangement.
    • venue permits applicants can apply for a permit for 1, 3 or 5 years.

How to apply

Marker permit

Complete the Paintball marker permit application form to apply.

International paintball competitor permit

Complete an International paintball competitor application form and email it to FTlicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au

Note: If you answered yes to any questions in 'applicant's history' section of the International Paintball Competitor application form, you'll also need to complete this Additional details form.

Venue permit

To operate a paintball venue you'll need Council approval and an insurance policy of at least $10 million. The policy must cover everyone allowed to play paintball aged 12 years and over.

Complete a Venue permit application form and email it to FTlicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au

Note: If you answered yes to any questions in 'applicant's history' section of the venue permit application form, you'll also need to complete this Additional details form.

What you'll need

To complete the application form you will need:

  • to be over 18 years
  • proof of identity
  • contact details
  • passport and details of the competition you’re here for (if you’re applying for an international competitor 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)

Fees

Visit our Paintball fees page to find out what you need to pay.

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

  1. Marker permit

    Complete an Application for renewing a paintball permit form and email it to FTlicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au along with the renewal fee.

    If you answered yes to any questions in 'applicant's history' section of this application, you will also need to complete this Additional details form.

  2. International paintball competitor permit

    Complete an Application for renewing a paintball permit form and email it to FTlicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au along with the renewal fee.

    If you answered yes to any questions in 'applicant's history' section of this application, you will also need to complete this Additional details form.

  3. Venue permit

    Complete an Application for renewing a paintball permit form and email it to FTlicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au along with the renewal fee.

    If you answered yes to any questions in 'applicant's history' section of this application, you will also need to complete this Additional details form.

For information about processing times, please see our Guarantee of service page.

What you need

To complete  the Application for renewing a paintball permit form you will also need:

  • proof of identity
  • your contact details
  • payment
  • Fees

    Visit our Paintball fees page to find out what you need to pay.

    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 Change of details for a paintball permit form and email it to FTlicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au

    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

    Visit our Paintball fees page to find out what you need to pay.

    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 Replace a paintball permit form and email it to us at FTlicensing@customerservice.nsw.gov.au

    What you need

    You need to complete the Replace a paintball permit form.

    Fees

    Visit our Paintball fees page to find out what you need to pay.

    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 can't enter a paintball area at any time when there is a paintball marker already in the area.
    • 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 can't 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 an international paintball competitor permit, completion of an approved training course isn't required.
    • From 11 December 2020 the completion of an approved training course isn’t required to obtain a paintball venue permit. However, 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're visiting a venue, you don’t need to complete an approved training course. However the venue may provide you with a safety induction.
    • To obtain an international paintball competitor permit, completion of an approved training course isn't required.

    Storage

    • All paintball markers must be stored in an inoperable state. For example, having the gas canister removed, and locked in a 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

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

    An authorised supplier is the holder of:

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

    If you're 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 a paintball permit holder
    • to another holder of a paintball venue permit under a paintball marker sharing arrangement (see section below on sharing).

    You must notify us if you are:

    • an authorised supplier who sells or supplies paintball markers to another authorised seller
    • 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
    • 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 any of these apply to you, you must complete the Notification of the supply or disposal of paintball markers form including part C.

    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.

    Complete the Notification of the supply or disposal of paintball markers form including part C.

    Notifying us when disposing of a marker

    Some examples of disposing may include a marker returned to an authorised supplier for destruction or a marker 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 including part E.

    Players 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 can't own a paintball marker.

    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 when a permit holder has:

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