Riverine quarry material allocation notice - Queensland

Service summary

The allocation notice is required to obtain an allocation from the riverine quarry material resource in any watercourse or lake, upstream of the tidal limit. (Note that quarrying in a wild river area is not permitted and any application for an allocation notice in a wild river area will not be accepted).

A Development Permit to remove quarry materials from all watercourses and lakes is also required.

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.

Quarry material

means material in a watercourse or lake, other than a mineral under the meaning of any Act relating to mining, and includes stone, gravel, sand, rock, clay, earth and soil unless it is removed from the watercourse or lake as waste material.


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.


The duration of this notice is based on the fee paid (maximum period of notice is 5 years).



For six month period or part thereof


Royalty fee per cubic metre for material removed by a Local Government or State Agency for its own use


Royalty fee per cubic metre for material removed for commercial purposes


You can apply for this allocation notice by submitting a completed application to your regional office.

Transfer details

This allocation can be transferred in whole or part by submitting an application on an approved form. For further details, contact your regional office.

Additional information

Before quarry material can be physically removed from the watercourse or lake, a development permit under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 will be required for the works.

A security deposit, bond or bank guarantee may be required.

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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