Licence to Operate Commercial Hire and Drive Vessel Service - Western Australia


You will require this licence if you intend to offer vessels for hire for recreational use on Western Australian waters.

A hire and drive vessel is a vessel which is used for hire or reward. It includes vessels provided in conjunction with holiday establishments or hotels for the use of guests or tenants, and which the hirer uses solely for pleasure. The following types of vessels have been approved as acceptable hire and drive vessels:

  • Surfcats;
  • Paddle boats or aqua bikes;
  • Rowboats or canoes;
  • Kayaks;
  • Personal Powered Watercraft (PWC or Jet Skis);
  • Power Dinghies; and
  • Sailboats.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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:

  • Provide details showing that your proposed operation is suitable and safe;
  • Provide details of existing aquatic activity in the area and details of other hire operations in the area;
  • Provide details of the type of vessel(s) to be used;
  • Submit any required forms; and
  • Pay the required fees.

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


12 months.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Transfer Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application Form - Licensing of Hire and Drive Vessels - Please consult the Contact Officer for further information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Western Australian Marine Act 1982 WA

Regulation(s) name

W.A. Marine (Hire and Drive Vessels) Regulations 1983 WA

Administering agency

Department of Transport

Transport Services

Marine Safety

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Safety Branch, Commercial Vessels

Marine Safety

Transport Services

Department of Transport

Operating address: 441 Murray Street
Western Australia 6000
Phone: 1300 723 226