Pastoral Lease and Permits - Western Australia

Service summary

You will need this lease if you intend to use crown land for pastoral purposes. Pastoral purposes include:

  • commercial grazing of authorised stock (sheep, cattle, horses, goats and stock kept for domestic or household use)
  • agricultural, horticultural or other supplementary uses of the land which are essential to or normally associated with the grazing of stock, including the production of stock feed
  • activities that support the above purposes.

Please note that a pastoral lease is a right granted by the government to use crown land for pastoral purposes in exchange for regular rental payments. The conditions of each individual lease may vary. All leases will contain conditions you must meet in order to retain the lease. Once you have obtained a pastoral lease, you can apply for a permit to use the land for pastoral activities not on the initial lease, or non-pastoral activities. Activities for which it is possible to gain approval include:

  • clearing land
  • sowing non-indigenous pastures
  • agricultural activities unrelated to the grazing of authorised stock
  • non-pastoral uses of enclosed or improved land
  • low-key pastoral based tourism
  • keeping prohibited stock (any animals that are farmed, kept or managed other than the authorised stock listed above)
  • selling the products or produce of any of the above activities.

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 a lease the Agency must be satisfied that:

  • The land under the lease will be capable, when fully developed, of carrying sufficient authorised stock for it to be worked as an economically viable and ecologically sustainable pastoral business unit;
  • The lease is to be amalgamated with an adjoining pastoral lease; or
  • The lease is to become, together with an adjoining pastoral lease or part of an adjoining pastoral lease, a pastoral business unit, the creation of which has already been approved.

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


Up to 50 years.



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


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Pastoral Lease and Permit Application - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Lands

Act(s) name

Land Administration Act 1997 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Land Administration Regulations 1998 (Western Australia)

Contact details

2015 Pastoral Lease Project Team, Pastoral Lands Unit
Department of Lands

Mailing address:
PO BOX 1143
WEST PERTH, Western Australia 6872


08 6552 4526

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