Flood Work Approval - New South Wales

Service summary

You may require this approval if you intend to construct or use flood works. Flood works help manage water on floodplains.

Flood works are barrages, causeways, cuttings or embankments that are situated near a river, estuary or lake or within a floodplain, and are likely to affect the flow of water to or from a river, estuary or lake, or the distribution or flow of floodwater in times of flood.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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


You will not require this approval to undertake works for which you have already obtained a development authorisation from your local council.

Some low-risk activities are exempt from requiring approval.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


Up to ten years.


Miscellaneous$404.93Fee for advertising if required.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
NSW Office of Water

Act(s) name

Water Management Act 2000 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Water Management (General) Regulation 2011 (New South Wales)

Contact details

General Enquiries, Water Licensing
Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
NSW Office of Water

Operating address:
Level 10,
Macquarie Tower
New South Wales 2124
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5123
New South Wales 2124


02 8281 7777


1800 353 104


02 8281 7799

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