Leases, licences and permits to occupy
Leasing state land
Leases over state land are issued for a specified purpose (e.g. grazing, agriculture, sporting, tourism, telecommunication), generally for terms of up to 30 years.
An annual rent is charged, which is usually calculated at a percentage of the land valuation.
You must be over 18 to apply for a lease. Applications may be made at any time.
If you are interested in leasing a reserve on state land, you should first contact the trustee of the reserve.
How to apply
Your application should include:
- Form LA00—Contact and land details (PDF, 92.1KB)
- Form LA10—Application to purchase or lease state land (PDF, 86.9KB)
- Application fee
- Any additional attachments, as requested
To avoid processing delays, read the forms carefully and include all required information.
Lodging your application
You can lodge your state land application in person at your nearest business centre, by emailing to SLAMlodgement@dnrme.qld.gov.au or by posting it to Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, PO Box 5318, Townsville QLD 4810.
If a fee applies to your application, payment options are cash (in person only), EFTPOS (in person at some centres only), cheque (in person or by post), or credit card.
Cheques should be made out to the 'Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy' and marked 'not negotiable'.
Credit card payments are accepted in person or over the phone.
We will send you a receipt once we have established that your application meets all requirements and has been properly made.
If you have any questions about lodging your application or payment, contact:
- SLAMlodgement@dnrme.qld.gov.au Phone: (07) 4447 9179
You can contact your nearest business centre to arrange a pre-lodgement meeting.
How your application is assessed
We will assess your application against legislative requirements and our own policies, procedures and guidelines. We will seek the views of other stakeholders (e.g. state, regional and local agencies) and inspect the land if required.
Policies and legislation
- Land Act 1994
- Land allocation and specific requirements guideline (PDF, 165KB)
- Deciding most appropriate tenure guideline (PDF, 517KB)
- Eligibility and assessment to hold land (PDF, 540KB)
- Land allocation: public purpose reservations policy (PDF, 601KB)
- Allocation of land in priority in terms of the Land Act 1994 (PDF, 598KB)
Our review will also include an assessment of whether native title issues need to be addressed, and how this should be done. Depending on the outcome, you may be required to address native titles issues as a condition of the offer.
Granting of lease without competition
During the assessment, we will consider the most appropriate use and tenure for the land and whether the land may be offered with or without competition.
The lease may be granted without competition if the land is needed for a public purpose.
If the land is not needed for a public purpose, and the intended use is the most appropriate use of the land, a lease may be granted without competition if one or more of the following apply:
- the applicant is an adjoining landholder and selling or leasing to anyone else would be considered inequitable
- no other parties are likely to be interested in obtaining the land
- the applicant held a significant interest in the land before it became unallocated state land
- there is no dedicated access and the only practical access is through the applicant’s land.
What happens next?
Once we have received the advice of other stakeholders and all issues, including native title, have been investigated, we will send you a written notice.
If your application is successful, a written offer will set out the various conditions and requirements. You must complete the acceptance form and return it to us by the date specified or the offer will lapse.
The conditions may include:
- acceptance of the terms and conditions of the lease
- payment of the first year's rent
- payment of the value of any improvements
- lodgement of a plan of survey, if needed
- payment of all regulatory fees and charges.
The Governor in Council or the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines grants the new tenure. Once you have accepted the offer and satisfied all conditions, we will seek approval to issue the tenure in your name.
In this guide:
- Leasing state land
- Applying for a permit to occupy
- Renewing a lease
- Extending a rolling term lease
- Transferring a lease or licence
- Surrendering a lease, licence or permit to occupy
- Converting/purchasing a lease
- Subdividing a lease
- Amalgamating leases
- Amending the description of a lease
- Changing the purpose or conditions
- Obtaining approval for a sublease