Permit to Operate a Sea Installation - Australian Government


You will require this permit if you intend to build and operate a sea installation. A sea installation is any man made structure that is either attached to the sea floor or floating on the surface.

Types of installations include:

  • floating hotels or pontoons
  • floating tourist facilities
  • artificial islands
  • submarine power cables
  • scientific and research facilities.

You will not be required to obtain a permit for:

  • maritime aquaculture platforms used solely for rearing and harvesting fish, crustaceans or molluscs
  • any fishing equipment or fish aggregating device used by licensed fishing vessels
  • cargo ships
  • vessels used for sea dumping
  • licensed pearling vessels
  • historic shipwrecks
  • navigational aids
  • resource industry fixed and movable structures such as pipelines and offshore exploration facilities
  • installations that belong to the Australian Defence Force or the Defence Force of a foreign nation
  • submarine telecommunications cables
  • petroleum pipelines.

Certain exemption certificates may also be granted in place of a permit. 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

Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


Up to 15 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other

Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for fee information.


Task Resources
Apply Application for Permit to Operate a Sea Installation - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy

Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Sea Dumping Section

Mailing address: GPO BOX 787
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6274 1111