Diversify your land: non-pastoral use permits

Non-pastoral use permits allow you to use part of your pastoral lease to create alternative streams of revenue.

Pastoral lessees can apply for permits to use parts of their lease for:

  • agriculture
  • horticulture
  • aquaculture
  • tourism
  • forestry.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Primary Industry and Resources can provide you with advice on land suitability, crops and potential markets.

Non-pastoral use permit annual fees are under review.

A permit can now be approved for up to 30 years and can be renewed up to two years before it expires. You can renew a permit for up to 30 years.

How to apply

To apply for a non-pastoral use permit follow these steps.

Step 1. Read the non-pastoral use guidelines PDF (146.4 KB).

Step 2. Fill in the non-pastoral use form DOCX (383.3 KB)

Step 3. Attach supporting documents including your locality plan.

Step 4. Pay the fee. These are currently under review.

Step 5. To submit your application by mail or email, forward it to:

Executive officer
Pastoral Land Board
PO Box 496
Palmerston NT 0831

Further information

To find out more, read the following fact sheets:


For more information about non-pastoral use permits contact the Pastoral Land Board by calling 08 8999 4667 or emailing pastorallandboard@nt.gov.au.

Last updated: 01 March 2019


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