Aquifer Interference Approval - New South Wales


You will require this approval if you intend to undertake works which may impact on an aquifer. An aquifer is a geological structure or formation, or an artificial landfill, that is permeated with water, or is capable of being permeated with water.

Approval authorises you to carry out one or more of the following activities at a specified location or in a specified area:

  • the penetration of an aquifer
  • interference with water in an aquifer
  • obstruction of the flow of water in an aquifer
  • taking of water from an aquifer in the course of carrying out mining, or extraction of sand or road base material.

Aquifer interference approval may be needed for mining operations, road construction and any other large scale activity that involves excavation. You may also require a water licence for your aquifer interference activity.

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.

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Other resources

Act(s) name

Water Management Act 2000 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Water Management (General) Regulation 2018 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

NSW Office of Water

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:

Water Licensing

NSW Office of Water

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

New South Wales
Operating address: 4 Parramatta Square
12 Darcy Street
Parramatta, New South Wales 2150
Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 5022
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124
Phone: 02 9338 6600
Website: Water (Opens in new window)