Charter Fishing Boat Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to operate a commercial business that provides fishing trips for recreational purposes. This licence allows you to conduct guided recreational charter fishing activities for customers up to the maximum identified by the licence (number of people included in the licence details) in one or more of the following categories:

  • estuarine fishing
  • near shore bottom fishing and sport fishing
  • game fishing
  • deep sea bottom fishing.

If you intend to start up a charter fishing boat business, you will need to buy a licence from an existing licence holder whose licence meets your requirements. New licences will not be issued.

Please be aware that you can apply for a recreational exemption certificate which allows for customers to fish on your boat without an individual recreational fishing licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

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


Licences may be renewed annually.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $601.00

Plus $120 for each activity specified on the licence. Fees for 2022-23

General Variation All $401.00

Boat replacement. Fees for 2022-23

Transfer Transfer All $401.00 Fees for 2022-23

Other resources

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1994 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2019 New South Wales

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.