Ferry licence - Queensland


You will require a licence to operate a ferry service on council-regulated waters.

A ferry refers to any ship, boat, barge or hovercraft used as part of a public passenger service across a watercourse.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You may have to meet the following conditions to apply for this licence:

  • enact measures to protect the safety of persons who may be involved in, or affected by, the ferry service
  • enact measures to ensure the ferry service does not cause a nuisance
  • comply with all relevant government and industry standards
  • make periodic payments to the council
  • make facilities installed under the licence available for use by the public at specified times or over specified periods
  • provision and maintenance of furniture, fittings, equipment, chattels, services and facilities
  • indemnify the council against claims for personal injury and damage to property arising by, through, or in connection with the ferry service
  • prescribe the amount, size, content and type of signage that may be installed or erected.

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Application process


To apply for a ferry licence, you must:

  • complete the approved application form
  • pay the prescribed fee.

You may be required to also provide:

  • details of the purpose and nature of the activity
  • details of the number of persons to be involved, including participants and employees
  • details of any structure or equipment
  • specification of the points of entry and exit
  • a statement detailing your experience and qualifications, including those of your staff
  • a map detailing the proposed route the ferry service will follow and the location of any proposed stopover
  • details of the dates, days, times, duration and purpose of each proposed stopover
  • details of the fare structure for the ferry service.

Additional information

Operating a ferry must not result in:

  • harm to human health or safety
  • property damage or loss of amenity
  • nuisance
  • obstruction of vehicular or pedestrian traffic
  • environmental harm
  • environmental nuisance.

Administering agency

Local Council

Contact details

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