Aquatic Event Licence - New South Wales


You will require this licence if you intend to promote or organise an aquatic activity in navigable waters. This licence is intended to benefit the community by promoting the safe and responsible operation of vessels and protecting the safety and amenity of the community.

The types of organised activities you will need this licence for include:

  • a race, competition or exhibition
  • any other activity that restricts the availability of waters for normal use of the public
  • aquatic fun days and festivals
  • public entertainment events
  • fireworks displays
  • media launches
  • filming
  • training events (e.g. surf lifesaving, marine rescue).

This licence does not apply to the use of surfboards, other small craft, swimming competitions or fishing competitions. It also does not apply to aquatic activities conducted in accordance with a hire and drive licence.

Navigable waters are waters that are capable of navigation and are open to or used by the public for navigation.

Please consult the Contact Officer in the first instance to determine if your proposed activity will require a licence.

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 this licence you must provide:

  • full details of the event
  • a map showing areas of operation for the event
  • detail and exclusive use requirements
  • provide an Aquatic Activity Operational Plan detailing safety procedures, communication procedures, a risk management plan and other necessary details
  • evidence of consolation with the community and any stakeholders
  • written authorisation from relevant agencies
  • written authorisation from the occupier or trustee of any foreshore land intended to be used
  • evidence of affiliation with the Australian Power Boat Association or evidence that their safety and technical standards will be applied during the event
  • for fireworks events, a copy of the Work Cover Risk Assessment
  • proof of identity if not applying on behalf of the organisation
  • written authorisation for any nominated representative if acting on behalf of an organisation
  • payment of the required fees.

Requirements for particular operations may vary.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $196.00

Attendance by Roads and Maritime officer at special event or standard event - per hour.

Apply Licence All $405.00 Commercial activity.
Apply Licence All $202.00 Other than commercial activity.
Vary Duplicate Certificate All $21.00 -

Act(s) name

Marine Safety Act 1998 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Application process


Applications must be submitted a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the event date.

Applications are to be submitted online through the OneGov portal.

Approval time

Applications must be lodged at least six weeks prior to events.

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


NSW Maritime Division

Roads and Maritime Services

Transport for NSW

New South Wales
Operating address: 33 James Craig Road
New South Wales 2039
Mailing address: Locked Bag 5100
New South Wales 1450
Phone: 02 9563 8557
Phone: 13 12 56