Charter Fishing Boat Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a commercial business that provides fishing trips for recreational purposes. This licence allows you to conduct guided recreational charter fishing activities for customers up to the maximum identified by the licence (number of people included in the licence details) in one or more of the following categories:

  • Estuarine fishing;
  • Near shore bottom fishing and sport fishing;
  • Game fishing; and / or
  • Deep sea bottom fishing.

If you intend to start up a charter fishing boat business, you will need to buy a licence from an existing licence whose licence meets your requirements. Although most licences are transferable, activities are not currently transferable.

Please be aware that you can apply for a recreational exemption certificate which allows for customers to fish on your boat without an individual recreational fishing licence.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more Information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Licences may be renewed annually.



Plus $116 for each activity specified on the licence.


An additional fee to late applications for renewal.



Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fisheries NSW

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1994 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2010 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Charter Fishing
Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fisheries NSW

Operating address:
59 Berry Street
New South Wales 2541
Mailing address:
LMB 3020
New South Wales 2541


02 4424 7414

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