Water permit - Queensland

Service summary

This permit is issued to authorise a person to take water, for a particular activity that has a reasonably foreseeable conclusion date, ie the activity is of a temporary nature.

Service type


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

Definition of terms


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.


the land to which the water rises naturally from below the ground and the land over which the water then flows.


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.


This permit cannot be transferred.


This permit remains in effect for the period specified in the permit, determined according to the activity and circumstances.


No fees are payable for this permit.


You can apply for this permit by submitting a completed application form to your regional office.

Additional information

A development permit issued under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 is required to physically construct the works (eg pump) through which the water authorised to be taken under a water permit is accessed unless the water is taken using a water truck then a development permit is not required (exempt development).

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Water Services Support, Regional Support

Act(s) name

Water Act 2000 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Water Services Support, Regional Support


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


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