Aquatic Event Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to promote or organise an aquatic activity in navigable waters. Navigable waters are waters that are capable of navigation and are open to or used by the public for navigation.

This could include:

  • a race, competition or exhibition
  • any activity that restricts the availability of waterways for normal public use
  • aquatic fun days and festivals
  • public entertainment events
  • fireworks displays
  • media launches
  • filming activity on navigable waters
  • training events (such as those conducted by emergency or rescue organisations)
  • activities involving aircraft landing (other than routine landing of sea planes)
  • any activity that may affect the navigation of trading vessels
  • any activity that may pose danger to vessel operators and the public on board.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

You will need to obtain a public liability insurance policy of at least $10 million if your activities are commercial in nature. Further requirements depend on the nature and location of your intended activities. Please contact the agency to identify your eligibility requirements.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $444.00

Commercial activity. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $224.00

Other than commercial activity. Fees for 2023-24

General Application All -

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

General Duplicate Certificate All $23.00

Fees for 2023-24

General Miscellaneous All $215.00

Fee for attendance by agency officer at special event or standard event per hour. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 1998 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Approval time

You will need to submit your application a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the event date.

Administering agency

Transport for NSW

Roads and Maritime Services

NSW Maritime Division

Contact details

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