Use or Occupy Crown Land - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require a lease or a licence if you intend to obtain exclusive use or occupancy of Crown land (Government-owned land) for a specified amount of time.

A lease of Crown land will enable exclusive use over a particular piece of land for a specified term and purpose. For example, for extensive agricultural initiatives, long term extractive industries, irrigation, commercial and trading purposes, marina sites, domestic waterfront purposes and caravan parks, etc.

A Crown land licence is a contractual agreement that grants you the personal right to occupy and use Crown land for a particular purpose. For example, activities such as agriculture and cultivation, water supply and access and for short term purposes such as sporting events and site investigation associated with potentially acceptable development proposals.

Licences and leases may be granted through public tender, public auction or by invitation for expressions of interest. Additionally a lease can also be granted though a private treaty. Please consult the Agency for details specific to your enquiry and your location. The Agency will advise you regarding the most appropriate action for your individual circumstance.

Please be aware that you will require the Agency's permission if you intend to transfer, surrender or sublease Crown land granted under this licensing arrangement.

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

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Provide a general description of the land and provide maps / sketches if required;
  • Specify the nature of activity or occupancy of the land;
  • Provide information on any proposed structures to be erected if necessary; and
  • Pay any required fees.

All applications for lease or licence of Crown land are considered on their individual merits and, until approved, no guarantees can be given that an application will ultimately be successful. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Duration is dependent on the terms of the lease or licence.



Full term licence.

Application$32.80Short term licence.

Fees for leases are listed on the attached document.



Please consult the Agency before starting the application process.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Land and Natural Resources

Act(s) name

Crown Lands Act 1989 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Crown Lands Regulation 2006 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Crown Lands Enquiries, NSW Crown Lands Division
Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Land and Natural Resources

Mailing address:
PO BOX 2185
Dangar, New South Wales 2309


1300 886 235


02 4925 3517


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