You may require a licence or lease if you intend to use or access unreserved crown land. About one third of Victoria is public land (crown land) set aside for a range of public purposes. There are also large areas of unreserved crown land. Unreserved crown land may be available for private commercial or industrial purposes (other than agriculture).
The normal term of a lease is twenty-one years. In some special circumstances, leases can be granted for longer periods, including up to ninety-nine years for commercial or industrial purposes involving improvements likely to be of substantial nature and value.
Your activities will need to comply with relevant local planning schemes, and you may be required to obtain planning approval. The agency will not grant a lease or licence until you have obtained planning approval (if required).
Examples of commercial or industrial purposes include:
- constructing electric lines
- gravel extraction
- water storage
- use of machinery or power tools
- taking stone, sand or gravel.
Unreserved crown land may periodically be made available to lease by auction or public tender.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.