Licence to Operate Commercial Hire and Drive Vessel Service - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to offer vessels for hire for recreational use on Western Australian waters.

A hire and drive vessel is a vessel which is used for hire or reward. It includes vessels provided in conjunction with holiday establishments or hotels for the use of guests or tenants, and which the hirer uses solely for pleasure. The following types of vessels have been approved as acceptable hire and drive vessels:

  • Surfcats;
  • Paddle boats or aqua bikes;
  • Rowboats or canoes;
  • Kayaks;
  • Personal Powered Watercraft (PWC or Jet Skis);
  • Power Dinghies; and
  • Sailboats.

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 details showing that your proposed operation is suitable and safe;
  • Provide details of existing aquatic activity in the area and details of other hire operations in the area;
  • Provide details of the type of vessel(s) to be used;
  • Submit any required forms; and
  • Pay the required fees.

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


12 months.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Application Form - Licensing of Hire and Drive Vessels - Please consult the Contact Officer for further information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Transport
Transport Services
Marine Safety

Act(s) name

Western Australian Marine Act 1982 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

W.A. Marine (Hire and Drive Vessels) Regulations 1983 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Safety Branch, Commercial Vessels
Department of Transport
Transport Services
Marine Safety

Operating address:
441 Murray Street
Western Australia 6000


1300 723 226

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