Crown land helps local communities and economies grow and prosper through making land available for lease.

A lease of Crown land gives exclusive use over a particular piece of land for a specified term and purpose. Generally, leases are sought over Crown land where longer-term security is important, such as for commercial purposes.

Crown land is a valuable resource for maritime, industrial, extractive industries and residential and tourist development.

Leasing opportunities may be available through public competition, closed tender or in limited cases by direct negotiation.

Commercial leaseholders pay market rent and leases are recorded on title.

Assessing a lease application

Each lease application is considered individually taking into account:

  • departmental and other government policies
  • land assessment
  • native title
  • Aboriginal land claims
  • site inspection
  • development consent
  • valuation
  • drafting and negotiating terms and conditions.

Leases and licences for oyster farming on Crown Land fact sheet.

More information about Crown Land leases can be found in the Guideline - Management of Crown Land Leases and the Guideline - Leasing Crown Land.

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    Transferring a lease

    The Minister's consent to transfer a lease is determined by the legislation under which the lease was granted and the specific conditions and restrictions on title of the lease.

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    Perpetual leases

    The latest arrangement around perpetual leases and requirements.

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    Purchasing your lease

    New legislation has come into force allowing eligible leaseholders to purchase their Western lands lease.

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    Western lands leases

    Almost half of NSW falls within the Western Division. Find out more about land use and Western Land Leases.

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    Incomplete purchases

    An incomplete purchase is a tenure describing Crown land that is in the process of being purchased.