Ornamental Aquaculture Licence - Northern Territory


You will need an ornamental aquaculture licence if you are a small-scale aquarium hobbyist and intend to breed and sell fish, aquatic plants and invertebrate. The facility must hold less than 10,000 litres of water. Fish can be sold to other licence holders for display or resale or to members of the public, not purchasing fish or aquatic life for resale.

If you are planning to sell aquatic life from home there are other permits and approvals you will need to give some consideration to before applying for an ornamental aquaculture licence, these are as follows:

  • limits on the size of a business that can be run from home
  • planning requirements for house alterations
  • although unlikely for a hobby aquarium, a water extraction licence or waste discharge licence may be needed if water is to be used other than from the domestic supply, particularly large amounts of water.

Once you have the necessary permits and approvals you can prepare a proposal for an ornamental aquaculture licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Application check list must be completed before applications will be considered.


Common Fees details for this service in table format.

Type Amount Description
Application $100.00

Fees for 2020 - 2021

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Levy of $583.00 for grant or renewal of licence. Fee for 2020-21.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Fisheries 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:

Licensing Officer

Fisheries Licensing

Operating address: 33 Vaughan Street
Berrimah, Northern Territory 0828
Mailing address: GPO BOX 3000
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 08 8999 2183
Fax: 08 8999 2057
Email: FisheriesLicensing@nt.gov.au
Contact us website: Contact NT Fisheries (Opens in new window)