Bore Work Licence - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this licence if you are an owner or occupier of land and you intend to undertake bore work in the Australian Capital Territory. This licence coveres any work on a ohole, well excavation or other opening in the ground or underground that can be used to intercept or collect ground water or for the disposal of water or waste below the surface of the ground. Work includes, but is not limited to:

  • drilling
  • constructing
  • altering
  • plugging
  • backfilling
  • sealing.

This licence will also be required if you intend to remove, replace, alter or repair the casing, lining or screen of the bore, as well as deepening the bore. It is issued to ensure the groundwater environment is protected, as well as to ensure you have the relevant skills to undertake the task.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

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:

  • hold a water access entitlement for the volume of water at least equivalent to the licensed volume required
  • lodge a completed application form
  • pay any fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to three years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $179.00


Act(s) name

Water Resources Act 2007 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Water Resources Regulation 2007 Australian Capital Territory


This licence is not transferable.

Administering agency

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate


Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Environment Protection Authority


Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Operating address: 16 Challis Street
Dickson, Australian Capital Territory 2602
Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 13 22 81