Bore Work Permit - Northern Territory


You will need a bore work permit if you intend to construct or undertake work on water bores in the Northern Territory. Water bore means a natural or constructed hole in the ground which may be used taking groundwater, monitoring the condition of groundwater or injecting water to recharge an aquifer.

Bore work can include:

  • drilling, decommissioning, constructing, altering, deepening, plugging, back filing or sealing off a bore
  • removing, replacing, altering, slotting or repairing the casing, lining or screen of a bore.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • provide required contact details
  • attach a scaled map to your application which shows the proposed location of your bore, key landmarks and a North point
  • submit your application with required information.


Two years.


Please check with the agency for information on fees to be submitted.


Application process


If you are applying to drill and construct a new bore, you will need to attach a scaled map to your application that shows:

  • the proposed location of your bore
  • key landmarks
  • a North point. 
If you are applying for a licence in relation to an existing bore, you will need to include your bore number on the application. This starts with RN and should be displayed on your bore.

Additional information

A bore work permit does not grant a right to take water from a bore.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

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 Officer - Alice Springs

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

Operating address: AZRI Building
Stuart Highway South
Alice Springs NT 0871
Mailing address: PO Box 1120
Alice Springs NT 0871
Phone: 0889519215
Fax: 0889519268
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