Utility Licence - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to provide one or more utility service. Utility services include the:

  • Distribution, connection and supply of electricity;
  • Transmission, distribution, connection and supply of gas;
  • Collection and / or treatment of water for distribution through a water network, and the distribution of water through the network;
  • Conveyance, collection, treatment and disposal of sewage and sewerage connection services; and
  • Provision of water and sewerage networks for the supply of water and sewerage connection services.

This licence also covers the provision of utility services to a light rail network. Including:

  • The supply of electricity to rolling stock and associated infrastructure, such as rail tracks;
  • Substations and facilities to supply and regulate power to the network; and
  • Any electrical zone related to the management or the effect of electrical current for a light rail network.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Submit an application form;
  • Satisfy all requirements required by the Agency including the technical and prudential criteria. These requirements must be continuously met in order for a licence to be granted; and
  • Pay the required fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


A licence may be in force indefinitely, or for a specific term stated in the licence.



Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.



Application for a Utility Licence - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.



Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission

Act(s) name

Utilities Act 2000 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Enquiries, Utilities Licensing
Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission

Operating address:
Level 8,
221 London Circuit
Canberra City
Australian Capital Territory 2601
Mailing address:
PO BOX 161
Civic Square, Australian Capital Territory 2608


02 62050799


02 62075887


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