Blue Mountains City Council

Nature Based Recreation
Nature Based Recreation

If you are a business, club, group, or organisation conducting commercial activities (fees greater than cost recovery) on Council managed lands then you require a licence.

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Nature Based Recreation and Tourism Licensing Scheme

Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) has developed a licensing system for Nature Based Recreation and Tourism activities conducted on Crown and Community Lands managed by Council. The system was developed in consultation with the Nature Based Recreation industry and community through the development of the 'Nature Based Recreation Strategy'. Click here to access the Strategy.

Licensing was introduced in 2004 requiring all commercial activities to have a Nature Based Recreation and Tourism Licence while operating on Crown and Council Lands managed by Council. The revenues generated by the licence fee system supplements existing funds to enable the ongoing management of nature based recreation sites and the restoration of areas degraded by nature based recreation and tourism impacts.

Does this scheme apply to you?
For Non- Commercial Community Organisation Licensing requirements Click here.

If you are a business or training organisation conducting activities on Council managed lands then you will require a licence. Note that your public liability insurance policy also requires that you have permission to use the place you conduct these activities and this licence will legitimise your use and formally grant this permission.
 
If you are a non-commercial community organisation a license is only required where a financial payment is required from participants to attend an activity on council managed lands which leads to a financial gain for the non-commercial community organisation i.e. where the activity is not run on a strictly cost recovery basis to cover miscellaneous activity costs such as transport and catering and an operating surplus/profit is generated.
 
If you are a private recreational user or a small group of friends then you will not need a licence.

Licences available:

(Licence period 1st September to 31 August) 

  • Casual Licence
    Maximum group size of 20
    Usage no greater than 6 times per year
    Up to 24 hour period only 

 

  • Annual Licence
    Usage greater than 6 time a year

 

  • Special Events Licence
    Groups greater than 20 people

Nature Based Recreation and Tourism Licensing Fees 2017-2018

Categories of Licence

 

Total Fee (Including GST) 

Comments  

 

Annual Licence 

Initial licence application fee (one off) for use of Council land for organised nature based recreation including abseiling and horseback riding 

$2,420.00
Except educational institutions: $300

Valid from 1 September for 12 months
Generally for all other activities 

 

 

Initial licence application fee (one off) for use of Council land for organised nature based recreation excluding abseiling and horseback riding

$308.00

Valid from 1 September for 12 months
Generally for all other activities

Annual renewal licence application fee for all nature based recreation activities

$308.00

This is for renewal of an existing valid licence only
Valid from 1 September for 12 months

Half day use fee - per person

$2.40

Half day is equivalent to 0 - 4 hours

Whole day use fee - per person

$4.80

Whole day classified as 4 - 24 hours 

Casual Use Licence 

One Day Casual Licence  

 

$56.00 

 

Maximum of 6 permits issued to any one organisation per year

Maximum of 20 people per permit 

Half day use fee - per person 

$2.40

Half day is equivalent to 0 - 4 hours 

Whole day use fee - per person 

$4.80

Whole day classified as 4 - 24 hours 

Special Events Licence 

Special Events Licence 

$163.00 

Groups greater than 20
Maximum group size and number of trips per year is at the discretion of the Environmental Manager

Half day use fee - per person 

$2.40

Half day is equivalent to 0 - 4 hours 

Whole day use fee - per person 

$4.80

Whole day classified as 4 - 24 hours

Nature based Recreation and Tourism - BMCC Staff Support (hourly rate)

$51.00

Work Hours Only 8.30am - 5pm (standard overtime charges apply out of work hours)

What to do next

If you require a licence to conduct your activities then complete and return the appropriate application form, which may be downloaded at right. Study the licence to understand your responsibilities under the licence agreement and ensure you have the requisite level of public liability and worker's compensation insurances.

If you have any queries about this information or how it applies to you and your organisation please do not hesitate to contact the Environment Administration Officer on (02) 4780 5588 or email council@bmcc.nsw.gov.au if you have any further queries.
 
 
 
Non- Commercial Community Organisation Licensing requirements
Commercial licensing requirements only apply for activities run by non-commercial community organisations where a financial payment is required from participants to attend an activity on council managed lands which leads to a financial gain for the non-commercial community organisation  i.e. where the activity is not run on a strictly cost recovery basis to cover miscellaneous activity costs such as transport and catering and an operating surplus/profit is generated.

Non-commercial community organisations who conduct organised nature based recreational activities on Council managed lands are reminded that the following requirements must be met while utilising Council managed lands:
  1. Non Commercial organisations must ensure they are covered by a minimum of $20 million of Public Liability insurance for a single occurrence for the activities being conducted;
  2. The Public Liability insurance must list Blue Mountains City Council as an interested party
  3. Non-commercial community organisations must ensure that any paid workers are covered by Workers Compensation insurance; 
  4. Non-commercial community organisations must ensure that they demonstrate duty of care for the participants of their activities including but not limited to ensuring volunteer guides have suitable first aid training commensurate with the location of the activity and the probable time before emergency medical care is likely to be provided.
  5. No exclusivity of access is provided to any (commercial or non-commercial ) users of council reserve system and the rights of all users must be respected at all times;
  6. All organised nature based recreational activities must be carried out in accordance with minimal environmental impact principles; 
  7.  It is recommended that non-commercial community organisations comply with the voluntary guidelines of the relevant NSW Adventure Activity Standards for their activity where they exist.

For up to date advice on reserve closures for emergency or operational reasons please check the Track and Reserve Closures advice tab on the Blue Mountains City Council homepage.