Depasturing of horses

Depasturing is grazing off the natural resources of the land. It is a different service to agistment. The City of Adelaide permits a maximum of 20 horses to be kept in Lefevre Park / Nantu Wama (Park 6) in North Adelaide.


To be eligible to apply for a depasturing of horses licence, the applicant must reside within two kilometres of Lefevre Park / Nantu Wama (Park 6).

A depasturing licence is restricted to one horse per person. The applicant must be over 18 years of age.

Please note: The City of Adelaide does not provide food or shelter for the horses. This is the responsibility of the licence holder and you are required to look after your own horse.

Conditions of licence

The licence holder is required to comply with the terms and conditions of the depasturing licence. This includes the licence holder:

  • liaising with the City of Adelaide's Park Lands Ranger who coordinates the day to day operation and management of the horse paddock
  • tending to the needs of their horse on a daily basis.

Please note: the Park Lands Ranger will assist new license holders with moving their horse into the paddock. 

The full terms and conditions of the depasturing licence can be found on this sample license.


The fee for depasturing a horse in the Park Lands can be found in the City of Adelaide’s fees and charges schedule.

Ready to apply?

The depasturing licence period is from 1 September to 31 August each year and may be renewed annually.

You can submit an application for a depasturing licence online. Before you start, please have the following handy as you’ll need to submit:

  • a Certificate of Currency of your Public Liability Insurance with a minimum cover of $10 million and noting City of Adelaide as an interested party
  • a certified recent vet report stating that the horse is:
    •  inspected for any respiratory conditions and skin lesions
    •  immunised for strangles and tetanus
    • paste wormed
    • not pregnant
  • three photos of the horse from different angles
  • details of anyone else who will be riding or caring for your horse
  • completed horse description form regarding the horse’s distinguishing features.

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Need more information?

If you have any questions regarding depasturing licences, please contact us: