If you wish to use Council-controlled pontoons, barges, jetties or boat ramps for commercial purposes, you may need a permit or licence to do so.
Council manages the use of these facilities through licensing so we can monitor infrastructure usage, traffic and demand to ensure public safety and minimise environmental impact.
Who needs a licence
Commercial users of Council-controlled ferry and barge landing points need a passenger ferry or vehicular ferry licence. The applicant must be a legal entity.
This includes passenger ferries, barge operators, charter boats, hire services and special event organisers, such as film production companies and sports event companies.
Note: Recreational users, such as private recreational fishing boats, don’t need a licence.
How do I apply for a new licence or renew an existing licence?
1. Collect insurance policies and supporting documents
- Copy of a current Public Liability Insurance policy to the value of $20,000,000
- Copy of a current Protection Indemnity Insurance policy to the value of $20,000,000
- Copy of a current Vessel Registration Certificate
- Current Marine board Survey Certificate
- Current Workers Compensation Certificate
- Current timetable of services
- Proposed route of service and proposed stopovers
2. Read the Terms and Conditions
- Vehicular or Passenger Ferry Terms and Conditions; or
- Charter Operator Ferry Licence Terms and Conditions
3. Complete an online application form
Submit your application with the supporting documents.
4. Pay a non-refundable application fee
In accordance with Council's fees and charges, the annual costs are:
- $517.95 new licence fee
- $349.85 renewal licence fee
This fee is payable at the time of application and is for assessing and processing applications (including investigating the vessel’s size and traffic levels). Council will contact you to organise payment.
This fee is for managing and maintaining the infrastructure and environment around it. The fee comprises a vessel licence fee (based on the vessel’s gross tonnage) and an activity licence fee (based on a number of Council facilities visited).
The licence fee is paid per vessel and on the annual renewal of the licence.
If multiple vessels share a route or timetable, the activity licence is paid for the primary vessel. However, backup vessels still need an application and licence that covers all landing locations.
The licence is issued annually or until a specified date (such as for special events). You can make amendments to an application by giving Council four weeks’ notice in writing.
You can also apply for a waiver or relaxation of fees by demonstrating hardship or exceptional circumstances. This is subject to approval and applies only to the licence fee. The application fee must still be paid.