Water Supply Connection and Works Approval - New South Wales


You may require this approval if you intend to either:

  • connect (directly or indirectly) to a water supply network operated by the local Council, the Sydney Water corporation or the Hunter Water corporation
  • undertake any water supply work.

Water supply work includes any activity (e.g. construction, alteration, maintenance, repair, etc) that affects pipes or fittings that connect, directly or indirectly, to a public water supply network or an alternative water supply source (e.g. a water tank).

There are multiple stages to getting your proposed water supply work approved, with different authorities responsible for different aspects of the approval process, for instance:

  • you have to apply to the relevant local Council for approval to conduct water supply work (this will often be done as part of a Development Application process)
  • if the work will be conducted on infrastructure that will connect to a water supply network operated by Hunter Water or Sydney Water corporations you will also need to get their approval for the proposed work
  • a Notice of Work must be submitted to NSW Fair Trading (or a delegated authority) to provide them with an opportunity to inspect all plumbing and drainage work to ensure that it meets the required standards.

Please note that plumbing and drainage work can only be carried out in NSW by individuals that hold the relevant professional licences.

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.

Eligibility requirements

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


As specified on the approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Water Cycle Forms (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1993 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 NSW

Approval time

Generally within 10 working days.

Administering agency

Clarence Valley Council

Contact details

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

Enquiries Officer

Clarence Valley Council

Operating address: 2 Prince Street
NSW 2460
Mailing address: Locked Bag 23
NSW 2460
Phone: 02 6643 0200
Fax: 02 6642 7647
Email: council@clarence.nsw.gov.au
Website: Clarence Valley Council (Opens in new window)