Permit to Carry Out Dredging or Reclamation Work - New South Wales


You will require this permit if you intend to conduct certain activities in water flowing on a permanent or intermittent basis, or in a wetland area. The activities include:

  • dredging or excavating, including activities that aid navigation, modify water flow, obtain supplies of gravel or lay pipelines and cables)
  • reclamation work, including infilling, draining or clearing land to make it suitable for use for urban or rural development.

The Agency will consider the public benefit of the project, but is unlikely to grant a permit if the activity would:

  • reduce water quality
  • damage or destroy marine vegetation, including seagrasses and wetlands
  • damage or destroy riparian vegetation, gravel beds, reefs or snags, or interfere with commercial and recreational fishing or aquaculture activities.

Please be aware that certain dredging and reclamation work is exempt from requiring a permit.

Service type


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


Completion of the works stated for a 12 month period


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $179.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All -

Assessment fees:

  • minor - 3 hours - $179.00
  • moderate - 3-7 hours - $418.00
  • major - 21 hours - $1497.00
  • complex - more than 21 hours - $3891.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Variation All $74.00

Additional assessment fee per hour or part thereof. Fees for 2023-24

Application process


Please lodge your application form and any associated documentation directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Fisheries NSW

Contact details

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