Flood Work Approval - New South Wales


You may require this approval if you intend to construct or use flood works. Flood works help manage water on floodplains.

Flood works are barrages, causeways, cuttings or embankments that are situated near a river, estuary or lake or within a floodplain, and are likely to affect the flow of water to or from a river, estuary or lake, or the distribution or flow of floodwater in times of flood.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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 to undertake works for which you have already obtained a development authorisation from your local council.

Some low-risk activities are exempt from requiring approval.

Eligibility requirements

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


Up to ten years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $268.70 -
Apply Inspection All $612.67 -
Apply Miscellaneous All $404.93 Fee for advertising if required.

Act(s) name

Water Management Act 2000 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Water Management (General) Regulation 2011 NSW

Administering agency

Department of Industry

NSW Department of Primary Industries

NSW Office of Water

Contact details

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

General Enquiries, Water Licensing

NSW Office of Water

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Department of Industry

Operating address: Level 10,
Macquarie Tower
New South Wales 2124
Mailing address: Locked Bag 5123
New South Wales 2124
Toll Free: 1800 353 104
Phone: 02 8281 7777
Fax: 02 8281 7799
Email: water.enquiries@dpi.nsw.gov.au