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


You will require this approval to undertake development that requires the installation of a water supply or sewerage service within the area of operations of the Hunter Water Corporation. Although the requirements for each development will vary, the most common concern is 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 more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $335.00 Development assessment 

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
General All Developer Fees and Charges - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Hunter Water Act 1991 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Hunter Water Regulations 2015 New South Wales

Application process


Step 1: Apply for a Developer Services 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.

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 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.

Additional information

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

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Customer Centre

Hunter Water Corporation

New South Wales
Operating address: 36 Honeysuckle Drive
Newcastle, New South Wales 2300
Operating address: 128 Main Road
Speers Point, New South Wales 2284
Operating address: 285 High Street
Maitland, New South Wales 2320
Phone: 1300 657 657
Fax: 02 4979 9711