Licence to Operate a Houseboat on Lake Eildon - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to operate a houseboat or cruiser that provides sleeping accommodation and toilets for passengers in the recreational area of Lake Eildon. Lake Eildon is the only reservoir in Victoria where houseboats and cabin cruisers with sleeping accommodation are permitted.

To prevent the risk of water pollution, strict rules regarding sanitation must be observed. It is recommended that you consult the Contact Officer prior to constructing, purchasing or transferring a houseboat or cruiser for use in this area.

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:

  • own a houseboat that is less than 13.7m
  • have your plans and specifications in relation to the sewerage and water supply installations approved
  • submit the required form
  • pay any prescribed fees.

Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.


Twelve months.


The licence expires on 30 June each year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees range between $425 and $3138, please consult the responsible agency for information on the correct fees to be submitted with your application.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Water Act 1989 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Water (Lake Eildon Recreational Area) (Houseboats) Regulations 2013 Victoria

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Victorian Water Industry Association (VicWater)

Rural Water Corporations

Goulburn-Murray Water