Licence to Possess, Cultivate, Process or Supply Low THC Hemp for Commercial Purposes - Northern Territory


You will need this licence in order to possess, cultivate, process or supply low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) hemp for commercial purposes. THC holds a psychoactive component and low THC hemp refers to hemp plants with a THC concentration of less than one per cent in the leaves, flowering heads or seeds. Supplying low THC hemp means to distribute, give, trade or transport.

There are three types of licence:

  • commercial licence
  • class A research licence - for the research of industrial hemp
  • class B research licence - for the research of hemp.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a suitable person to hold a licence. To be considered suitable, you must be fit and proper which means you have not been found guilty of an indictable offence involving dishonesty, found guilty indictable on specified drug offences
  • live in Australia
  • be able to have a cultivation area of at least two hectares
  • have property owner consent if you are not the property owner
  • not be affected by bankruptcy.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

If you are supplying live hemp plants, hemp tissue culture or viable hemp seed under this licence, you must provide a consignment notice to accompany the hemp.

Within seven days after planting hemp, you must notify the department of the location of the planted hemp, including GPS coordinates.

You must provide an annual report to the Department describing your activities carried out under this licence throughout the year.


Up to five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1280.00

Commercial licence. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $1793.00

Class A research licence. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $3073.00

Class B research licence. Fees for 2021-22

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

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:

Hemp Compliance Unit

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Northern Territory
Mailing address: GPO BOX 3000
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 08 8999 2118