When would I need a licence or a lease?
A licence is an authority granted by the department under the Crown Land Management Act 2016, which gives permission to occupy and use Crown land for a specified purpose and term. A licence does not provide for exclusive use and possession of the land.
Where substantial development is proposed that involves significant capital investment, a lease may be more appropriate.
A lease of Crown land gives exclusive use over a particular piece of land for a specified term and purpose. Generally, leases are sought over Crown land where longer-term security is important, such as for commercial purposes.
The department makes licence and leasing opportunities available through public competition, closed tender or, in limited cases, by direct negotiation.