Water licence - Queensland


You will need this licence if you intend to take water or to interfere with the flow of water in a watercourse, lake or spring, any artesian water or any subartesian water in areas specified in a water resource plan or any declaration or regulations.

You will also require this licence if you intend to take overland flow water from a specified area under any water resource plan.

There are different types of water licences depending on the type of activity you intend to carry out.

Service type


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


A licence is not required by an owner of land adjoining a watercourse, lake or spring to take water for stock or domestic use.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $137.90

Fees for 2021-22



If you are the licensee and cease being owner of the land, you may apply to transfer the licence to the person who will be the owner of the land. However, if you do not apply to transfer the licence, the licence transfers by default to the registered owner of the land immediately once you cease to be the owner.

Application on the approved form or ensuring registration of the land sale occurs in the Automated Title System.

You can transfer this licence by applying in writing on the approved form to your nearest departmental office at the address given on the department website.

Additional information

A development permit issued under the act is required to physically construct the works (e.g. pumps) necessary to take or interfere with water.

Administering agency

Department of Resources

Service Delivery

Water Services Support, Regional Support

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 Services Support, Regional Support

Service Delivery

Department of Resources

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Contact us website: Department of Natural Resources and Mines contact list (Opens in new window)