Waterway Work Licence - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this licence if you intend to carry out construction or alteration work on a dam or a waterway or bank which water normally flows over or between. A waterway includes:

  • A river, creek, stream or other natural channel in which water flows;
  • The stormwater system or any other channel formed by altering or relocating a waterway; and
  • A lake, pond, lagoon or marsh in which water collects.

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:

  • Complete the application form;
  • Submit details regarding whether you are seeking approval for surface or ground water, the amount of water sought, the water management area involved and your intended use. The waterway work must not adversely affect the flow or quality of water or the aquatic habitat in the waterway; and
  • Pay any fees.

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



As stated on the licence.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $166.70


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Waterway Work Licence - PDF

Act(s) name

Water Resources Act 2007 ACT

Regulation(s) name

Water Resources Regulation 2007 ACT

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.


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 Protection Authority



Environment and Planning Directorate

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
Email: environment.protection@act.gov.au