Water Supply Work and Use Approval - New South Wales


You may require this approval if you intend to take water or construct and use a water supply work.

Every owner or occupier of a landholding has basic landholder rights. These rights allow you to take water from a water source, and to construct certain water supply works, for the purposes of domestic consumption and stock watering. If you intend to take water for any other purpose, or to construct a dam or water bore, you will require this approval.

There are two main categories of approvals: water supply work approvals and water use approvals:

  • A water supply work approval authorises you to construct and use a water supply work at a specified location. Approvals may be granted to construct and operate water supply works such as bores, spearpoints or wells and to use water for a particular purpose, such as irrigation.
  • A water use approval authorises you to use water for a particular purpose, such as irrigation, at a particular location. It can also authorise you to use water taken from a water source outside NSW.

Each approval includes conditions to minimise adverse impacts, and cannot be traded to another property or location.

Service type


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


Activities that require approval under environmental planning legislation do not require water use approval. Other exemptions may also apply.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval you must:

  • submit a completed application form
  • demonstrate that you have secure tenure over the land where the work is to be located or where the water is to be used
  • provide details of the use or works to be conducted
  • pay the prescribed fee.

Due to the range of approvals that may be acquired, please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Might Need

Groundwater Licence


May be issued for a period up to 10 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Act(s) name

Water Management Act 2000 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Water Management (General) Regulation 2018 New South Wales

Application process


A pre-application meeting with the Agency is recommended to discuss the proposed activity, likely impacts, the application process and the information you will be required to submit to the Agency.

Administering agency

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

NSW Office of Water

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Water Licensing

NSW Office of Water

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

New South Wales
Operating address: 4 Parramatta Square
12 Darcy Street
Parramatta, New South Wales 2150
Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 5022
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124
Phone: 02 9338 6600
Email: water.enquiries@dpie.nsw.gov.au
Website: Water (Opens in new window)