Network Operator Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you are a corporation (other than a public water utility) that intends 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, whether or not you own the land in, on or over which it is situated
  • appoint meter readers to enter private premises to read meters that measure the supply of water

Please be aware that your licence may be subject to conditions.

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

The agency must be satisfied that your corporation has the capacity to carry out activities under this licence in a manner that does not present a significant risk or harm to the environment.


Licence remains in force unless suspended, cancelled or revoked.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $2500.00

Fees for 2022-23

Apply Licence All $5000.00

Combined network operator and retail supplier's licence. Fees for 2022-23

Apply Variation All -

You do not need to pay fees. Fees for 2022-23


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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