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.


Application fees varies

Act(s) name

Aquaculture Act 2001 SA

Development Act 1993 SA

Regulation(s) name

Aquaculture Regulations 2005 SA

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.

Aquatic Health

Operating address: Level 14
25 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Mailing address: GPO Box 1625
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 0882260900
Fax: 0882260330
Website: (Opens in new window)