Driller's Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to operate a business that provides groundwater drilling services. The type of drilling you are authorised to undertake will depend on your licence class. There are six licence classes. Your licence will authorise you to use one or more of the following drilling methods:

  • auger
  • jetting
  • cable tool
  • rotary air
  • rotary mud
  • other methods.

Before commencing any groundwater drilling activities, you must ensure the landholder has a current work approval authorising the drilling.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $414.00

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $170.00

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Water Act 1912 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Water (Part 5 - Drillers' Licences) Regulation 1995 New South Wales

Approval time

Depending on the application type and complexity, with other agencies involved in the approval, it may take up to 6 months for your application to be determined.

Administering agency


Contact details

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