Authority for a Joint Water Supply Scheme - New South Wales


You will need this authority if you intend to take water from a river or lake for the purposes of a joint water supply scheme. The purpose of a joint water supply scheme is for supplying water to adjoining landowners in a particular area, usually for the purpose of irrigating grasses or pastures.

Embargo orders apply in some areas. Where an embargo order applies, an application cannot be lodged unless it fits within one of the exemptions specified in the order or in the Act.

This authority only applies to water sources (rivers, lakes and groundwater aquifers) in NSW where water sharing plans have not commenced.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible you must:

  • submit the application form
  • pay the required deposit.

Your application must also be accompanied by:

  • details as to the means by which water is to be taken and of any channel, flume, pipe, conduit or other work in which water is to be conveyed
  • a plan detailing your activities
  • details of the purpose for which the water is to be used
  • if the work is for the purpose of irrigation, particulars of the area proposed to be irrigated
  • details of the maximum rate at which water may be taken
  • details of the estimated quantity of water proposed to be taken
  • details of the quantities of water proposed to be delivered annually to the land, the rates and times of these deliveries and of any other matters affecting the apportionment of the water
  • details of any agreements entered into
  • details of any money paid or proposed to be paid to any person in respect of the supply of water and the occupancy or transfer of any lane because of or in connection with the scheme.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Act(s) name

Water Act 1912 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Water (Part 2 - General) Regulation 1997 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

NSW Office of Water

Contact details

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