Food Farms

Starting a Coastal Fish Farm

Step 1: Useful resources to get started

If you are setting up a sea-based farm in Singapore, you may refer to:

Starting a Sea-based Farm: An Industry Guide – This guide will provide an overview of the regulatory requirements, procedures you will need to follow, information on the various documents, fees and timelines involved, etc. This guide also introduces the government agencies and departments overseeing the necessary permits should you wish to contact them to make specific enquiries.

Step 2: Submission of Farm Plan

Once you have secured the sea space for your farm, engage a Naval Architect (for closed-containment farm system) or a Qualified Person (for net-cage farm type) to prepare and submit a farm plan to SFA for endorsement. SFA will assess and process submissions within 2 weeks from the complete submission of required documents. The submission should include the following documents:

  • Authorisation letter by farm owner
  • Justification for proposed works
  • Site Plan
  • Section Plans
  • Elevation Plans
  • Floor Plan (for buildings or sheltered structures)
  • Roof Plan (for buildings or sheltered structures)
  • Schedule for proposed works

Thereafter, seek the remaining clearances from the relevant agencies. Please refer to the industry guide for details on the relevant agencies to be consulted. Please check your submission carefully. If there are subsequent amendments to the farm plan, you will need to appoint a Naval Architect or Qualified Person to submit the revised plans for clearance with the relevant agencies.

Step 3: Apply for a Licence for Fish Culture Farm (Coastal Fish Farm)

All coastal fish farms must be SFA-licensed and the licence is renewable annually, at a fee of S$850 per lot of 5,000m2 per annum.

Permitted Activities on a Coastal Fish Farm

As it is important that the limited sea space allocated for food fish farming is optimised for sustainable production of food, only farming activities are permitted at coastal fish farms.  Coastal fish farms are not allowed to host non-farming activities, such as commercial tours and fishing trips.

Licensing Conditions

Please refer to the respective attachments below for the Licensing Conditions for coastal fish farms:

To apply for a licence for a fish culture farm, please submit an application here

The completed application will be processed in about 25 working days. SFA will inform the applicant on the outcome of the application by email.

Click here for detailed information on the application for a licence for fish culture farm.

Step 4: Register all individuals to be employed or who will be engaged in any activity on the Fish Culture Farm

All individuals employed or engaged in any activity on a fish culture farm are required to be registered with SFA.

To do so, please submit an application here. Click here for detailed information.

Step 5: Apply for a Fishing Vessel Licence Servicing Fish Culture Farm

All fishing vessels servicing the fish farm and kelong must be licensed. The licence is renewable annually. The fee payable is S$66 per annum.

To apply for a Licence for Fishing Vessel, please submit an application here. Click here for detailed  information on the application for a Licence for Fishing Vessel. The completed application will be processed in about 3 working days. SFA will inform the applicant on the outcome of the application by email.

Updating of Licensee/Company information or Changes in UEN

You must update SFA of any changes in your company’s particulars (company address, contact numbers, company name).

For changes in Business Entity / UEN number / location of licensed premises, a NEW licence application is required.