An aquatic licence is required by any person or organisation conducting, promoting or organising a race, competition, exhibition or any other activity which restricts the availability of navigable waters for normal use by the public.
Penalties apply for conducting such an event/activity without an aquatic licence.
It is recommended that applications for aquatic licences and supporting documentation, including payment of the required fee, be submitted to Roads and Maritime a minimum of six weeks prior to the commencement of the event/activity, otherwise the application may be refused.
If the aquatic licence requires the exclusive use of an area of water, a 'special event' may have to be declared. Roads and Maritime are required to publish a marine notice for special events and additional fees may be charged for placing this notice in a local newspaper.
For detailed information, see Aquatic events.