Network Operator Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you are a corporation (other than a public water utility) and intend to construct, maintain or operate any water industry infrastructure. Water industry infrastructure is used for the production, treatment, filtration, storage, conveyance or reticulation of water or sewerage.

Specifically, this licence entitles you to:

  • carry out work on or under public roads and public reserves to construct water industry infrastructure
  • require landowners to stop trees and other structures on their land from damaging their infrastructure
  • retain ownership of all water industry infrastructure you construct
  • appoint meter readers to enter private premises to read meters that measure the supply of water.

You are encouraged to discuss your licence application with the Agency prior to formally submitting your application.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, your corporation must have capacity to carry out activities under this licence in a manner that does not present a significant risk or harm to the environment.


Remains in force unless suspended, cancelled or revoked


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Fee information is in the attached guide.


Act(s) name

Water Industry Competition Act 2006 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Water Industry Competition (General) Regulation 2021 New South Wales

Application process


You are encouraged to discuss your licence application with the agency prior to formally submitting your application.

Administering agency

Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal

Contact details

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