Apply for a Crown land licence
The department issues licences to individuals, companies or entities and community organisations for a number of purposes, including:
- waterfront structures, such as jetties, boat ramps and slipways
- grazing stock
- extractive industry operations, such as quarries and dredging of sand and gravel from waterways
- agriculture and cultivation
- water supply and access, such as pump sites and pipelines for domestic use and irrigation
- communication facilities, such as communication towers
- short term purposes such as sporting events, filming, environmental rehabilitation or site investigations.
A licence over Crown land is a contractual agreement that grants the licensee a personal right to occupy and use Crown land for a particular purpose. Licences are normally granted through public tender or by invitation for expressions of interest, unless circumstances exist to warrant direct negotiation.
Oyster farming and aquaculture activities - view 'Leases and licences for oyster farming on Crown land fact sheet'.
Features of a licence
Crown land licences are:
- subject to payment of annual rent, which is reviewed at regular intervals
- for either a specified or unspecified period of time
- not transferable, except in specified circumstances
- protected by conditions outlined in the licence agreement
- subject to local government rates, payable to your local council.
Assessing a licence application
Each licence application is considered individually taking into account:
- departmental and other government policies and guidelines
- land assessment and capability
- Aboriginal land claims
- native title
- site inspection
- development consent
- drafting and negotiating terms and conditions
How to apply
Complete and submit the Licence: new application form