Fish Farm Licence - Tasmania


You will need this licence if you intend to establish a fish farm and conduct commercial aquaculture activities. A licence is needed for farming, culturing, hatching, rearing, ranching, enhancing or breeding aquatic organisms in inland waters such as tanks, ponds, dams, and raceways.

Species farmed may include:

  • salmonids
  • finfish
  • eels
  • goldfish
  • tropical fish.

To ensure adequate safeguards to Tasmania's freshwater environment, fish farming applications are subject to a rigorous assessment procedure.

You will need an Environmental Licence If you intend to operate a finfish farming activity which:

  • has or is intended to have the capacity to produce five tonnes or more of finfish annually
  • contains or is intended to contain finfish with a biomass of two tonnes or more

Due to the extensive application process, please consult the Contact Officer in the first instance.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • be a fit and proper person
  • be able to demonstrate that there are no environmental or resource constraints associated with the granting of the licence.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to 20 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Fish Farm Licence - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Inland Fisheries Act 1995 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Inland Fisheries Regulations 2019 Tasmania

Application process


To support your application, you will need to provide other documentation such as letters, Council and other permits and approvals, plans, designs, maps, etc.

Lodgement process


You will need to lodge a completed application form, along with a development proposal and environmental management plan.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Inland Fisheries Service

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:


Inland Fisheries Service

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Operating address: 17 Back River Road
New Norfolk, Tasmania 7140
Mailing address: PO BOX 575
New Norfolk, Tasmania 7140
Phone: 03 6165 3808
Fax: 03 6173 0246
Website: Inland Fisheries Service (Opens in new window)