Licence to Cultivate or Supply Low-THC Hemp - New South Wales


You will require this licence if you intend to cultivate or supply low-THC hemp for any of the following purposes:

  • commercial production
  • use in any manufacturing process
  • scientific research, instruction, analysis or study
  • any other purpose prescribed by the regulation.

Low-THC hemp is a plant of cannabis that has a concentration of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) in its leaves and flowering heads of not more than one per cent. This includes the seed of any such plant and any product (such as oil or fibre) derived from any such plant.

This licence will enable you to carry out your activity under strictly controlled conditions.

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:

  • submit an application on the approved form
  • provide proof of your (and any close associates') name, address, date of birth and contact details
  • describe the purpose for which the licence is required and the nature of the activities proposed to be carried out under the licence
  • describe the intended use and relevant destination of the low-THC hemp that is to be cultivated or supplied under the proposed licence
  • provide two passport-sized photos of your face and any close associate if applicable
  • provide details of any previous drug related offences of both yourself and any close associate
  • provide details of any prior refusal or suspension of similar licences for yourself and any close associates
  • provide a description and plan of the property on which the low-THC hemp is to be cultivated
  • provide any other documentation as specified in the regulation for each specific licence category
  • pay the appropriate fees.

Please be aware that further requirements will vary depending on your activity.


Five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $572.00 Initial application fee. Fees for 2022-23
Comply Application All $50.00 Criminal record check. Note that NSW Police may require you to have criminal record checks for your close associates. Fees for 2022-23
Lodge Licence All $200.00

Annual licence fee. Please note that an Annual Licence Fee is paid each subsequent year for the duration of the licence, usually five years. For example, the total fee payable over the five year term of a licence is $800 in Annual licence fees. Fees for 2022-23

Renew Renewal All $418.00 Fees for 2022-23


Act(s) name

Hemp Industry Act 2008 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Hemp Industry Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Application process


You may be requested to provide further particulars to allow full assessment of proposals under the criteria set out in the regulations.


An application for renewal of this licence will be treated in the same way as an initial application. As such, the same requirements must be met.


An application for transfer of this licence will be treated in the same way as an initial application. As such, the same requirements must be met.

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

NSW Agriculture

Contact details

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