Licensing and Permits

​​​​​​​​​​Statistical and other information relating to licensing and permits will be published on this page when available.

Crop Protection Permits

A landholder is required to hold a crop protection permit to poison, trap and shoot wildlife which is causing damage to pasture and crops.​

​Reporting Period
​Number of crop protec​tion permits issued
​Number of active crop protection permits
1 April 2018 and 10 June 2018
​481
​4550
11 June 2018 and 23 October 2018
​600
​3747
24 October 2018 and 1 April 2019
​772
​4080
2 April 2019 to 30 June 2019​631
​4540
​1 July 20​19 to 31 December 2019
​Discontinued
​4161
​​​​​The reported metric has changed from the number of crop protection permits issued for the reporting period to the number of crop protection permits active or able to be legally used during the reporting period.  This change reflects potential use of these permits rather than the large variation resulting from renewing permits which can occur annually or up to once every five years. The reporting period will be financial years.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Industrial Hemp

​Growing Season
​2016/17
​2017/18
​2018/19
​Number of Com​mercial Industrial Hemp Licences
​40
​58
​75
​Number of Active Commercial Industrial Hemp Licences
​21 
​35
​49
​Hectares committed to industrial hemp​
​288
​464
​1 361


​​Poppies

Growing Season
​2016/17
​2017/18
​2018/19
​Number of Poppy Licences Issued or Active*
​511
​450
​331
​Hectares Harvested
​8 133
​11 949
​9 786


* From 2018/19 poppy cultivation licences are no longer issued annually, but for a period of up to five years.  To ensure consistency in reporting, the 2018/19 figure represents the number of active poppy cultivation licences during the 2018/​19 season, rather than the number of licences issued.

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