Crown Lands

Apply for or manage a licence

A licence over Crown land is a contractual agreement that grants the licencee (holder of a licence) a personal right to occupy and use Crown land for a particular purpose. The department usually grants licences through public tender or by inviting expressions of interest, unless there are circumstances that merit direct negotiation.

Features of a licence

  • you will need to pay annual rent, which the department reviews regularly
  • It will be for either a specified or unspecified period
  • you cannot transfer it, except in specified circumstances
  • it is protected by conditions outlined in the licence agreement
  • you will need to pay local government rates to your local council.

Licence assessment

The department considers each licence application individually, taking into account:

  • departmental and other government policies and guidelines
  • land assessment and capability
  • Aboriginal land claims
  • native title
  • site inspection
  • development consent
  • valuation
  • drafting and negotiating terms and conditions.

Supporting documentation

Additional supporting documentation may also be required, depending on the circumstance.
This may include the following:  

  • copy of a current company search, no less than 12 months old (mandatory where the applicant is a company) 
  • Certificate of Incorporation (mandatory where the applicant is an incorporated entity)  
  • copy of authorised signatories (where the applicant is an entity, excluding a company)  
  • completed Land Management Strategy (mandatory where the purpose of the licence is grazing)  
  • copy of death certificate, will and probate (if granted)
  • copy of an approved Development Application or relevant planning approval (mandatory prior to the issue of a licence where development is proposed).

Payment methods

An application fee is required to apply for a licence. An invoice for the application fee will be sent to you once the application starts to be processed.

Most licences are also subject to payment of an annual rent, which is determined from the current market value. You will be notified of the annual rent payable after the licence application has been assessed.

View current application fees.