Licence to Take Water - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this licence if you intend to take surface or ground water from any place, or you intend to take ground water from a bore. This does not include for camping or similar purposes, or the watering of travelling stock. An exemption exists for fire and police services personnel.

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:

  • Have a water access entitlement to the water source
  • Complete the application form
  • Provide information about the purpose for the taking of water (the water may not be used on urban residential property)
  • Must be a person of good character and nature and have a good environmental record
  • Pay any fees.

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



To be defined on the licence.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $166.70 -
Apply Application All - Administration fees range from $432.30 to $8,393.70.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Licence to Take Water - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Water Resources Act 2007 ACT

Regulation(s) name

Water Resources Regulation 2007 ACT


This licence is not transferable.

Administering agency

Environment and Planning Directorate


Contact details

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

Enquiries, Water Regulation Unit


Environment and Planning Directorate

Operating address: Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis St
Australian Capital Territory 2602
Phone: 13 22 81
Phone: 02 6207 1923