You will require approval if you intend to conduct commercial business on a Crown reserve (for example, establish a restaurant or kiosk).
A Crown reserve is land set aside on behalf of the community for a range of public purposes including environmental and heritage protection, recreation and sport, open space, community halls and special events. Many popular recreation areas are Crown reserves (for example, Hyde Park and Bondi Beach in Sydney).
Crown reserves are managed by Crown reserve trusts, and any licence or lease (other than temporary) will be made in partnership with a trust. When the licence or lease has been drafted, the trust will then contact the Agency for approval. It is also important to contact the Agency when first considering leasing or licensing of reserves, particularly if the reserve has not been used for the proposed purpose before.
Please be aware that not all types of businesses will be appropriate for certain Crown reserves. Your application will go through a process to determine if your activities comply with the public purpose of reserved land by protecting the public's right to use the land.
Types of approvals include:
- Lease: when you require exclusive use of the whole or part of the reserve or a building because of the type of business or activity you will be conducting. You may require a lease if you have invested money to improve a facility (for example, a sporting club).
- Licence: when you do not need exclusive use of any part of the reserve, a licence is more appropriate than a lease. For example the use of a showground by a show society on specific days of the year.
- Temporary Licence: for short-term (up to one year) and generally low impact activities on the reserve. For example, for grazing, advertising or markets. Please be aware that a temporary licence does not require the consent of the Agency, the power to permit a temporary licence lies with the trust.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.