Domestic leases

Domestic leases relate to boating facilities that front residential waterfront properties, such as jetties, ramps, pontoons, tidal baths, slipways, steps, landing platforms and boatsheds.

Rent for domestic leases

Rents for domestic leases are calculated on a rate per square metre of occupation. These wetland rates are subject to review annually to reflect the latest statutory land values.

Precinct map and wetland rates

Overview map of the Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay precincts with domestic lease rates as at 2015.

Removing structures

Roads and Maritime Services has clarified its policies regarding both the removal of structures from and existing use rights attached to its land.

Subject to the following points, existing use rights will be retained for all current domestic waterfront structures unless specifically relinquished by Roads and Maritime.

In general, structures will only be required to be removed if:

  • They do not have development approval
  • They are in such disrepair as to pose a danger and the lessee has refused reasonable requests to remedy the problem
  • The lease is to be terminated after consistent breaches of lease terms (eg persistent non-payment of rent or failing to maintain the structures)
  • An incoming purchaser declines to lease the current structures
  • Removal is necessary to achieve a long-term strategic objective of the NSW Government.

Procedure for the removal of private waterfront structures (PDF).

Concessions and hardship relief

Roads and Maritime provides a range of services to the boating community, including recreational and commercial boating services and licences, and the administration of domestic and commercial waterfront leases. Concessions and/or hardship relief options are presently available for:

  • The purchase of specific recreational boating products
  • Rental payments associated with Roads and Maritime domestic waterfront leases.

Concessions and hardship relief – fact sheet (PDF)

Application for hardship relief for waterfront lessees – form (PDF)

Quarterly and half-yearly payments

If you wish to pay your rental on a quarterly or half-yearly basis contact us.

More Information

For more information please contact us.

Domestic leasing arrangements for Sydney Harbour and its tributaries

Domestic leases fronting public land

Procedure for the removal of private waterfront structures

Concessions and harship relief – fact sheet

Application for hardship relief for waterfront lessees – form

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