Licence to Take and Use Water - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to take and use water. This water can come from:

  • A waterway (including the Murray River);
  • Groundwater;
  • A spring, soak or dam;
  • Any works of an Authority other than recycled water; or
  • Works of a person holding a water licence, a water and sewerage licence or a water headworks licence.

Water may only be taken if it is used for a prescribed purpose or if a proportion of the water is returned to the water system.

This licence may include the authority to enter Crown Land to install and operate works with the purpose of taking and using water. This authority will only be included after consultation with the appropriate Agency.

Amendments of original registration licences may apply, without payment of a registration fee, to amend their licence.

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:

  • Provide all relevant documentation to the Authority;
  • Comply with standards and conditions so that they are consistent with the Agency's water objectives; and
  • Pay prescribed fees.



Please consult the agency for fee information to be submitted with your application.



Application for Licence to Take and Use Water - Please contact the responsible agency/council for application forms and registration details.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Act(s) name

Water Act 1989 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Operating address:
8 Nicholson Street
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
Mailing address:
PO BOX 500
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002


13 61 86


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