Longer tenure for shacks on Crown land
|Applications for longer tenure for shacks on Crown land have now closed. For details about national park shacks visit the 'Longer tenure for shacks in national parks' webpage.|
In 2020, lessees of shacks on Crown land (i.e. on a Section 78B lease) on a life-tenure or a fixed-term tenure lease for ‘Holiday Accommodation’ purposes, where this is no existing arrangement for longer tenure or relocation, were invited to apply for longer tenure for your shack site.
If an application is successful, ‘longer tenure’ would be granted in the form of either:
- an option to purchase the site at the end of an initial 5-year term (if the conditions of the initial lease are met)
- a new long-term lease for a maximum of 50 years including an initial 5-year term (if the conditions of the initial lease are met).
If the conditions of the lease are not met within 5 years, the lease will expire and longer tenure (in the form of a long-term lease or the option to purchase) will not be granted.
The application process closed on 30 June 2021 and DEW is currently working through the assessment process for each application.
Detailed information to help applicants understand the application and assessment process and the requirements that need to be met are provided in the Retaining Shacks Guidelines (PDF 1MB)
The assessment process
The assessment process for longer tenure for a shack on Crown land is as follows:
Lessee/s complete and submit an application online
Applications opened in July 2020 and closed on 30 June 2021
Suitability assessment is undertaken by DEW
10 to 14 weeks*
Applicant is advised of the outcome of their application
1 to 2weeks
Applicant accepts or rejects the ‘Offer to Lease’
Conveyancing process is actioned to;
8 to12 weeks**
Lessee meets terms and conditions of their lease and provides evidence to DEW
Up to 5 years
Conveyancing process is actioned for long term tenure
12 to 16 weeks
*The time to assess the application could be highly variable and dependent on the complexity, degree of consultation required and the number of lease applications being assessed. Land Services SA timeframes for processing and registering documents can be variable and time must also be allowed for the creation and processing of application documents.
** The time taken is an estimate only and assumes there are no complications on the lessee’s behalf with executing the documents.
- Land Services SA timeframes for lodging documents can be variable and time must be allowed for the creation and processing of documents to remove tenure then add new tenure, which takes a minimum of three months.
- Submitting an application form and paying the non-refundable application fee does not guarantee that longer tenure will be granted.
- Applicants can withdraw their application at any point of the application process, prior to the surrender of their current lease and continue with their current arrangements.
- Retaining Shacks Compliance Factsheet (PDF 0.2MB)
- Protecting Crown land (PDF 0.2MB)
- Understanding your lease (PDF 0.3MB)
- Valuations under the Crown Land Management Act 2009 (PDF 0.3MB)
- Managing the risks natural hazards pose to your shack (PDF 0.3MB)