Marine Farming Lease - Tasmania

Service summary

If you intend to operate a water-based marine farm you are required to hold a marine farm lease. Leases are issued through a tender process at the time that a new Marine Farming Development Plan is released. If you intend to obtain a lease, it may be necessary to buy one from an existing lease holder.

Extensive consultation is required for the allocation and management of marine farm leases.

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

All marine farming operations must be licensed under current legislation, and stiff penalties apply to illegal operations.

Licences include environmental conditions to ensure that marine farming operations are sustainable and do not have an unacceptable impact on the marine environment. Leases are conditional, and may vary according to many factors depending on if it is a land-based or water-based marine farm operation.

The process of eligibility and application for an existing or new marine farming lease is very extensive and requires considerable consultation and administration. The first stage will result in the issuing of a certificate of preference to participate in a process for the allocation of a lease zone. Planning of the zone will follow, then the granting of a lease if successful.

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


As specified but no more than 30 years.



Other resources



Due to the extensive nature of the application process, please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Water and Marine Resources

Act(s) name

Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Enquiries, Marine Farming Branch
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Water and Marine Resources

Mailing address:
GPO Box 44


1300 368 550


03 6165 3110

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