Marine Aquaculture Lease/Licence - South Australia


This lease/licence is required for the farming of aquatic organisms in State waters for the purpose of trade, business or research.

If the lease/licence proposed is in an existing Aquaculture Zone, applications will only be accepted after an invitation for Expressions of Interest.

In any other State waters, applications may be made at any time. However, applicants should first confirm with the agency the location of the proposal.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the technical, commercial and financial capabilities required to operate the sites selected, as well as ensure, where applicable, the proposed farm meets the policy objectives of the relevant Aquaculture Management Plan Zone Policy.


Lease - tenure is various: from 1 to 20 years, depending on lease type; Licence is coextensive with Lease.


2019-2020 fees:
$2,527 New licence inside aquaculture zone
$3,889 New licence for research inside an aquaculture zone
$3,889 New licence outside aquaculture zone
$1,583 Advertising fee
Various other fees may apply; contact the agency for details

Act(s) name

Aquaculture Act 2001 South Australia

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 South Australia

Regulation(s) name

Aquaculture Regulations 2016 South Australia

Additional information

To apply for a new marine aquaculture site or to move or adjust the boundaries of an existing site write a brief letter outlining your proposal (no more than 2 pages is required) and attach a map and the coordinates of your proposal.
The agency will then send you the relevant application forms.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries and Regions, SA

Fisheries and Aquaculture

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:

PIRSA Head Office

Operating address: Level 14
25 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Mailing address: PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture
GPO Box 1625
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 0882260995
Fax: 0882041388
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