Aquaculture Lease - New South Wales


You will need an aquaculture lease if you intend to carry out operations such as the cultivation of fish or marine life, dredging of oysters or other commercial productions or operations within public water lands in New South Wales.

There are two ways that a lease can be obtained; either a current lessee transfers the lease to you or you apply for a lease to develop an area that has not been previously cultivated.

There are four classes of lease are available:

  • Class 1: cultivate fish or conduct other similar operations in water up to 6 meters deep.
  • Class 2: conduct these activities in water deeper than 6 metres.
  • Class 3: conduct intensive fish or marine vegetation cultivation.
  • Class 4: conduct fish ranching.

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 an aquaculture lease, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • complete and submit your application within 90 days of it being advertised
  • sign the draft lease document
  • specify the species of fish or marine vegetation to be cultivated
  • comply with any conditions relevant to the individual lease
  • pay the required fees.


Must Have

Aquaculture Permit


Up to 15 years


Annual rent must be paid before 31 July each year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Schedule of Aquaculture Fees (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1994 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management (Aquaculture) Regulation 2017 New South Wales

Application process


An application for a lease must be made in a form approved by the Director and accompanied by the processing application fee.


Where leases are advertised by the Department through auction, public tender or ballot, the application process varies. You must follow the relevant instructions as printed in the Government Gazette.

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Fisheries NSW

Contact details

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