Aquaculture Lease - New South Wales


You will require an aquaculture lease if you intend to carry out operations such as 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 another party or applying for a lease to develop an area that has not been previously cultivated.

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.

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 an aquaculture lease, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or over
  • 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.

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


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 Amount Description
Apply Application All $778.00

Class 1, 2 or 3 lease.

Apply Application All $1243.00

Class 4 lease.

General Miscellaneous All -

Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Renew Renewal All $622.00

Class 1.

Renew Renewal All $468.00

Class 2 or 4.

Renew Renewal All $778.00

Class 3.

Transfer Transfer All $855.00

Any further applications for consent to transfer lodged on the same day: $79.

Other resources

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

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1994 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management (Aquaculture) Regulation 2017 NSW

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 Industry

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.

Enquiries, Head Office

Fisheries NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Department of Industry

Operating address: Port Stephens Fisheries Centre
Taylors Beach Road
Taylors Beach
New South Wales 2316
Mailing address: Locked Bag 1
Nelson Bay
New South Wales 2315
Phone: 1300 550 474
Phone: 02 4982 1232
Fax: 02 4982 1107