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Chief Commissioner approval

Learn about the requirement of Chief Commissioner approval in order to possess a prohibited weapon.

A Chief Commissioner Approval to Possess Prohibited Weapons (CCP Approval) authorises an individual or organisation to engage in activities otherwise prohibited by the Control of Weapons Act 1990.

These activities may include:

  • manufacture, sale or purchase of prohibited weapons and body armour
  • display or advertisement for sale of prohibited weapons and body armour
  • possession, use, carriage or transportation of prohibited weapons and body armour

Obtaining CCP Approval

CCP Approval is subject to conditions and may be subject to additional conditions or limitations that the Chief Commissioner deems appropriate. The Chief Commissioner also cannot extend approval to certain individuals or categories of people.

CCP Approval can be issued for a maximum of three years.

If you wish to make an individual application for a Chief Commissioner's Approval, you will need to complete the form in full and ensure you have provided the following information:

  • contact details
  • Victorian Drivers Licence Number
  • proof of identification where the applicant does not hold a current Victorian Firearms Licence or Private Security Licence identification reference from an acceptable referee
  • certified copy of any change of name document (eg. change of name certificate; full birth certificate that includes the schedule of any name changes; or marriage certificate)
  • answer all questions relating to medical history. Note: if you answer yes to any of these questions you must provide information from a medical professional outlining their familiarity with any condition/s that may impact your suitability to possess prohibited weapons.
  • history of any previous applications to the Chief Commissioner concerning prohibited weapons and body armour, regardless of whether an application was granted, refused or revoked
  • declaration that the applicant can satisfy storage requirements
  • justification for applying for approval, including documentation demonstrating the need for a prohibited weapon
  • written consent of a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age

As outlined in the instruction pages of the form, if you wish to make a body corporate application for a Chief Commissioner Approval, you will need to provide:

  • business details (eg. ABN, ACN)
  • contact details
  • details of any nominated or responsible persons who will be accountable for the storage and day to day management of all items under this licence
  • completed Personal Information forms for each nominated or responsible person
  • declaration that the applicant can satisfy storage requirements
  • reasons for applying for approval, including documentation proving the applicant's need for involvement with a prohibited weapon or body armour

Cost of a CCP Approval

Once your application has been assessed, you will be sent a payment request with instructions concerning how to make payment. 

The fees for all licences, registrations and permits issued by the Licensing and Regulation Division are reviewed on July 1 each year in accordance with the Victoria Police (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2014. For the current fee schedule, see: Service Fees and Penalties 

Further information

For further information or help, please email your enquiry with your contact details to the Licensing and Regulation Division at

Be sure to include a detailed description and images of the item/s.

Application forms can be obtained online. Please be aware that there are two application forms – one for individuals and one for body corporates (including trading purposes). You should only complete the one relevant to your circumstances. See Forms and applications

Reviewed 30 June 2021

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