This water licence is required to take water or to interfere with the flow of water:
- in a watercourse, lake or spring
- any artesian water
- subartesian water in areas specified in a Water Resource Plan, a wild river declaration (Wild Rivers Act 2005) or declared by the Water Regulation 2002
Or to take
- overland flow water in areas specified under a Water resource plan
Note: A licence is not required by an owner of land adjoining a watercourse, lake or spring to take water for stock or domestic use.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Definition of terms
- Artesian water
water that occurs naturally in, or is introduced artificially into, an aquifer, which if tapped by a bore, would flow naturally to the surface.
the storage area created by works that include either a temporary or permanent barrier that does, or could, impound water. It includes an embankment or other structure that controls the flow of water which is incidental to the works creating the storage area. A dam does not include the following: a rainwater tank; a water tank constructed of steel or concrete, or a combination of these materials; a water tank constructed of fibreglass, plastic or similar material.
an intermittent or permanent lagoon, swamp or other natural collection of water. It includes the bed, banks and other elements that confine or contain the water.
- Non riparian land
land that does not adjoin a watercourse.
- Overland flow
means water, including floodwater, flowing over any land, otherwise than in a watercourse or lake. The water may have risen to the ground naturally, or may have fallen as rain or in any other way. Overland flow does not include: water that has naturally infiltrated the soil in normal farming operations; tailwater from irrigation if the tailwater recycling meets the best practice requirements; water collected from roofs for rainwater tanks.
is the registered proprietor of the land; or the lessee or licensee of the land under the Land Act 1994; or the trustee of a reserve over the land or the holder of a permit to occupy the land under the Land Act 1994; the lessee of the land under a registered lease under the Land Title Act 1994; or an applicant for, or the holder of, a mineral development licence or mining lease under the Mineral Resources Act 1989; the holder of a geothermal exploration permit under the Geothermal Exploration Act 2004.
the land to which the water rises naturally from below the ground and the land over which the water then flows.
- Subartesian water
water that occurs naturally in, or is introduced artificially into, an aquifer, which if tapped by a bore, would not flow naturally to the surface.
- Unsupplemented water
water that is not supplied from a water supply scheme managed under an interim resource operations licence, resource operations licence, or other authority, to operate infrastructure.
means water in a watercourse, lake or spring; or underground water; or overland flow water; or water that has been collected in a dam.
a watercourse is a river, creek or other stream, including a stream in the form of an anabranch or a tributary in which water flows permanently or intermittently, regardless of the frequency of flow events between the outer banks laterally and between upstream and downstream limits longitudinally. A watercourse can be a natural channel or an artificial channel that has changed the course of the water course, eg a diversion. A watercourse can contain certain elements such as bars, benches and in stream islands.
You should contact the department prior to making application, to determine any prerequisites.
If the licensee intends to cease to be the owner of the land the licensee may apply to transfer the licence to the person who will be the owner of the land. However, if the licensee does not apply to transfer the licence, the licence transfers by default to the registered owner of the land immediately the licensee ceases to be the owner.
Application on the approved form or ensuring registration of the land sale occurs in the Automated Title System.
You can transfer this licence by applying in writing on the approved form to your nearest departmental office at the address given on the department website.
Water licences are granted for the period specified in the licence. Water licences may be renewed.
See Water licences in resources below.
Information on how to apply is available on the Business Queensland website.
A development permit issued under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 is required to physically construct the works (eg, pump) necessary to take or interfere with water.
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Water Services Support, Regional Support
Water Act 2000 (Queensland)
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