Fishing Boat Licence - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to control or operate a boat for commercial fishing purposes. Commercial fishing is defined as fishing for financial gain or reward. If you are the person who is in day to day control of a boat used for commercial fishing then you must ensure that the boat has a current fishing boat licence. Please note that a copy of this licence must be carried on-board the boat at all times. You may be required by the Agency to install an approved automatic location communicator (ALC) on your fishing boat as a part of the fishing boat licence. If this is the case, then the installation, use, servicing and testing of the ALC must be carried out in accordance to approved directions.

Please note that this licence does not authorise you to undertake commercial fishing. Every person who fishes from your boat must hold a separate commercial fishing licence (unless that person is a participant in a fishing tour on the boat).

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:

  • Be a fit and proper person;
  • Satisfy the Agency that it is in the interests of the fishing industry to grant the licence;
  • Have obtained a certificate of survey for your boat; and
  • Have a name for your boat different from that of any other licensed fishing boat.

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




Boat 6.5m or longer $315; Boat shorter than 6.5m $85.




Application for a Fishing Boat Licence - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.



Please submit your application with the required fees.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Act(s) name

Fish Resources Management Act 1994 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Fish Resources Management Regulations 1995 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Mailing address:
Cloisters Square PO, Western Australia 6850
Mailing address:
Gordon Stephenson House
140 William Street
Perth, Western Australia 6000


08 6551 4444


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