Licence to Take Water - Australian Capital Territory


You will need this licence before taking any surface water or groundwater.

A licence to take water is needed for situations such as irrigating crops, sportsgrounds or parklands. The licence states how much water you can take and where the water may be taken from. It requires you to install a water meter to measure water use.

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:

  • have a water access entitlement to the water source
  • provide information about the purpose for the taking of water (the water may not be used on urban residential property)
  • be a person of good character and nature and have a good environmental record.



As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $199.55

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All - You may need to pay additional fees. Please contact the agency for more information.


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.