Certificate of Registration - Private Fishery - Tasmania


You will need this registration if you intend to conduct private fishery activities. Private fishery activities include the stocking of freshwater fish in privately owned inland waters for commercial purposes.

Registration exempts private fisheries from certain requirements, including:

  • an angling licence is not needed in a registered private fishery
  • neither bag limits or closed seasons apply.

Several Government authorities will have a determining role in the development of your commercial venture.

Due to the extensive application process, please contact the agency.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Private fisheries are bound by the following requirements:

  • the development must not involve any public waters and must be entirely within privately owned property
  • fees are charged by the Agency in lieu of licence fees
  • owners are free to develop and regulate their fishery within certain limits as specified in each operating licence
  • owners may choose which species of fish they want and can purchase them at commercial rates from registered farms. Brown trout may be purchased for private fisheries only from the Agency
  • disease control provisions are the same as for fish farms
  • all necessary planning, environmental, and water requirements also apply.

Licence applications are considered on their merit and in consultation with a number of government authorities.

Application procedures include the requirements of these authorities in determining the level of assessment required.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $267.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $890.00

Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $890.00

Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Inland Fisheries Act 1995 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Inland Fisheries Regulations 2019 Tasmania

Application process


You will need to complete and submit the following:

  • an Application for Registration - Private Fishery form
  • completed maps, plans, designs and supporting documentation
  • accurate and detailed supporting information by way of letters, permits and / or approvals. If there is insufficient space provide additional attachments where necessary.

Lodgement process


Lodge your completed application and prescribed fee directly with the Agency.

Approval time

30 business days

Additional information

In preparing an application, it is important that you consult with the relevant authorities:

  • the Planning Officer from your local council should be consulted for advice on planning schemes, existing land use zoning and permitted land use activities, whether a permit is needed, and whether the proposed development is, in principle, consistent with and in compliance with local council requirements
  • the Regional Water Manager in your area should be consulted for technical advice pertaining to water abstraction and associated Water Right requirements, flow data information, the siting and construction of dams and ponds, etc.
  • the relevant Authority should be consulted to ensure the proposed method of effluent treatment discharged is within the required limits
  • the commercial fisheries section of the Agency should be contacted in relation to all aquaculture and fish farming, particularly regarding permissible culture species, source of stock etc. and application procedures. The Agency should also be contacted in relation to all private fishery queries, particularly permissible stocking species, source of stock etc. and application procedures.

After you have consulted with the relevant government authorities and appropriate consultants (business and financial planning; technical and professional advice), you should then submit your licence application.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Environment

Inland Fisheries Service

Contact details

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