The application process and requirements are outlined in section 2 of the Police Shooting Range Manual. The required forms, checklists and templates are available below under Shooting Range Forms and Resources.

Who should apply for range certification?

A shooting range operator (SRO). The shooting range operator is the person in whose name the application for certification is made. They have legal responsibilities for the safe design, construction and operation of the range.

The operator of a range may be an individual person, a body corporate such as a company or incorporated society, or something else such as a trust or a shooting club that isn't an incorporated society.

Support material - what you need to gather before applying

As the range operator you will need to include the following with your application:

  • A copy of the range standing orders for the shooting range
  • A copy of the inspection report for the range prepared by a shooting range inspector recognised by Police
  • Evidence that you are authorised to make the application if you are not the shooting range operator. This is likely to be a letter or a copy of the minutes of a meeting that authorised you.

Who are the Shooting Range Inspectors?

Shooting Range Inspectors (SRI) are members of the firearms community who are Police trained and recognised. You will need to contact a local Shooting Range Inspector so that they can verify that your range report is correct. This must be done in advance of your range certification application.


Application steps

Step 1.  Download and complete the following documentation:

  1. FRM38MRC Application for certification of a shooting range
  2. Shooting range inspection report form (See step 2)
  3. Shooting range standing orders template (DOCX 91.33 KB)

Step 2. Organise a range inspection by a trained Shooting Range Inspectors (PDF, 180KB) recognised by Police and obtain a shooting range inspection report from the SRI. The SRI will review your documentation, advise you on any changes needed and prepare an inspection report.

Step 3. Send the completed application and all your supporting material online or in hard copy to Police. Either:

  1. Scan and submit the completed form to the upload page on the Police website, along with electronic copies of the supporting information


    if submitting online, file types must be jpg, jpeg, png or pdf and each file size must not exceed 5MB, or


  2. post hard copies of the application form and the supporting information to: Clubs and Ranges Team, Te Tari Pūreke – Firearms Safety Authority, DX PX10012, Palmerston North.

Step 4. Pay the required fee when invoiced by Police.

Range fees

Fees are calculated at the time of your application submission. After Police receive your application for range certification you will be issued a Police invoice with instructions on how and where to pay. Applications will not be processed until payment has been made. All fees include GST of 15%. The fee calculation table is shown below.

The application fee depends on the type and number of ranges on the site:

  • single shooting range on a site; $400
  • multiple shooting ranges on the same site operated by the same range operator; $400 plus $45 for each additional range up to a maximum of $625, and no increase with additional ranges beyond a total of six ranges at the site
  • clay target shooting range (skeet, trap, sporting); $400
  • one-time-use range; $250.

Range certification must be renewed every five years. The fee for renewal is the same as for an initial application, except that if there has been no significant change to the circumstances (e.g. design, construction or operation) of the range the fee is $200.


Shooting range forms and resources


Important note
Do not use an Internet browser or Apple's Preview application to open and complete these forms.

Please save the forms to your device first, close the web browser, then go to where you’ve saved the files and right click on PDF and select ‘open with Adobe Reader DC or Pro (or similar PDF editor). Using a browser will cause the entered information to be lost if you click on the 'back' button, or if you try to save it.

FRM38MCR Application for certification of a shooting range (PDF, 186KB) The Shooting Range Operator (SRO) submits this form to apply for certification of their shooting range.

Important note
Click on the link to open the form. Do not edit at this stage. Save or download file to your device (e.g. computer desktop). Close the web browser. Go to the document’s saved location, right click on PDF and select ‘open with Adobe Reader DC or Pro (or similar PDF editor). Edit the file and save.


CR2: Generic Shooting Range Standing Orders Template (DOCX 91.33 KB)

CR2: Guide - Shooting Range Standing Orders (PDF, 1.82MB)

The SRO will use this template to format their Range Standing Orders (RSOs). All standard headings are to be included in their RSOs for the purpose of certification. Where a mandatory heading does not apply, the SRO is still required to include the heading with a comment of N/A (Not applicable).

The CR2: Guide - Shooting Range Standing Orders is designed to assist the SRO in how to complete the Generic Shooting Range Standing Orders Template (word doc).

CR3: Shooting Range Inspection Report (PDF, 288KB) The Shooting Range Inspector (SRI) will fill in this report having completed an onsite shooting range inspection and then submits it to the SRO.

CR3: Extra page Individual Range Detail (PDF, 239KB) Provided for the SRI to add additional ranges when completing the Shooting Range Inspection Report.


The following checklists contain technical data about the range and must be completed by the Shooting Range Operator. The SRO will use this checklist to assess the compliance of range documentation, infra-structure, any natural features and procedures for the safe design, construction, and operation of the range. The Shooting Range Inspector will then validate this information during their range inspection.

Select the checklist based on the shooting discipline of the shooting range.
CR4: Rifle/Pistol - Shooting range inspection checklist (PDF, 389KB)
CR5: Indoor - Shooting range inspection checklist (PDF, 310KB)
CR6: One-time use and/or field shooting: Shooting range inspection checklist (PDF, 219KB)
CR7: Shotgun - Shooting range inspection checklist (PDF, 589KB)

C&R Supplementary pages
These pages allow the range operator and SRI to add more information to supplement their inspection report.
CR3: Extra page for images (PDF, 82KB) Used by the SRI to add additional images to the report.
CR3: Extra page for comments (PDF, 77KB) Used by the SRI to add additional comments to the report.


New Zealand Police Shooting Range Manual (PDF, 12MB) The Shooting Range Manual sets out standards that shooting ranges must meet and guidance for range operators.

Ammunition Danger Area Templates (ADATs) (PDF, 229KB) The ADATs are drawn to 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 scale. The use of ADATs is detailed in section 5 of the Shooting Range Manual. Tip: To help draw the scale diagram of the range danger area, print the selected ADAT then photocopy it onto an overhead projector transparency film, then apply it to a map of the area to the same scale.    

Shooting Club Guide (PDF, 8.65)

Secure Storage and Transportation Guide for Firearms and Ammunition

Useful links

For enquiries relating to shooting clubs and ranges, or the Shooting Range Inspector course, please email

Instructional videos

This video demonstrates how to measure a shooting range.



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