Commercial Fishing Boat Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to use a boat for commercial fishing activities, including:

  • locating and catching or otherwise aggregating fish, lobster or abalone
  • transporting fish for sale
  • carrying commercial fishing gear
  • landing fish taken from other waters in NSW (after the boat departed from a port in NSW).

Please note:

  • Commercial Fishing Boat Licences will only be issued for boats being used in abalone, lobster, sea urchin, turtle shell and inland fisheries; there is currently a freeze on the issue of licences for all other fisheries.
  • A licensed commercial fishing boat may be used by any endorsed commercial fisher who holds and is carrying a commercial fishing licence, regardless of who the boat is licensed too.
  • This licence will be subject to conditions prescribed by the regulations or specified in the licence.
  • Commercial fishing boats must also be registered and display their allocated Licensed Fishing Boat Number.

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 this licence, you must:

  • hold a Commercial Fishing Licence in order to use the boat to fish
  • ensure the boat complies with replacement rules, as specified by the Agency
  • pay any required fees.

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


1 year.


Expires on 30 June each year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $217.00

Plus $33 for each metre (or part of a metre) by which the boat exceeds 3 metres.

Renew Renewal All $61.00

Plus $33 for each metre (or part of a metre) by which the boat exceeds 3 metres.

Transfer Transfer All $389.00 -

Other resources

Act(s) name

Fisheries Management Act 1994 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2010 NSW

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.

Fisheries Business Services

Fisheries NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Department of Industry

Mailing address: Locked Bag 3020
New South Wales 2541
Phone: 1300 720 662
Fax: 02 4424 7449