Approval for the Installation of Water and Sewer Services - New South Wales


You will require this approval if you intend to undertake a development that may require the installation of a water supply or sewerage service with in the area of operations of the Hunter Water Corporation. Although the requirements for each development vary, the most common concern the design and construction of water and sewer mains and major assets which connect, join or augment Hunter Water's water and sewer systems. You will require this approval if your development includes:

  • subdividing land
  • building residential units
  • industrial or commercial premises.

Please note that you may also need a separate application to connect to an existing water supply or sewerage service operated by Hunter Water.

Please consult with your local Council or Hunter Water for information on forms to be submitted.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


You will not require this approval for a stand-alone dwelling.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Amount Description
Apply Application $487.00 Development Assessment
Apply Application $487.00 Water or Sewer Main Extension Application
Apply Application $355.00 Additional Sewer Connection
Apply Application $355.00 Stormwater Channel Connection
Apply Inspection $374.00 Assess Water Main Adjustment
Apply Inspection $487.00 Assess Sewer Main Adjustment
Apply Inspection $119.90 Assess encroaching on Hunter Water Land, Easement Rights or Assets (per hour)
General Examination $5257.00 Sewer Pump Station Design Review
General Examination $4774.00 Water Pump Station Design Review
General Examination $4774.00 Recycled Water Pump Station Design Review
General Examination $1182.00 Servicing Strategy Review
General Examination $1182.00 Environmental Assessment Report Review

Application process


Step 1: Apply for a Developer Services 2017-18 Certificate.

  • You will need to submit a full set of plans and pay a fee for Hunter Water to investigate your development requirements.
  • If it is determined that you are building within the zone of influence of any Hunter Water asset you will need to submit a Build Over Asset Application with your plans which will then be stamped and returned to you within three business days.

Step 2: Hunter Water investigates your application.

Lodgement process


Step 3: Receive a Notice of Requirements letter.

The requirements for your development may include:

  1. Payment of a recycled water developer charge
  2. Design and construct water and sewer infrastructure to serve your development
  3. Transfer of the infrastructure to the Corporation.

You may be required to consult and accredited design consultant to assist in these requirements. You may also be required to prepare a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) to assess the likely impacts of an activity on the environment.

A trade waste application may also be required if discharging industrial by-products.

Step 4: Issue of Developer Services Application 2017-18 Certificate or letter confirming that you have met Hunter Water?s requirements.

Step 5: Arrange the connection to the water and / or sewer systems and pay the relevant fees.

Appeal fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Type Amount Description
Application $404.00 Revision of Development Assessment

Administering agency

Hunter Water Corporation

Contact details

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

Customer Centre

Hunter Water Corporation

Operating address: 36 Honeysuckle Drive
Newcastle, New South Wales 2300
Phone: 1300 657 657
Fax: 02 4979 9711