Approval to Construct a Dam - Wakefield Regional Council - South Australia


You will need this approval to construct a dam or interfere with a water course to dam water. Approval can be grant by either:

  • a development approval under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016
  • a permit under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019
Approval via development approval is required in the following circumstances:
  • the dam wall has a height of more than three metres above the natural surface of the ground and/or where the dam is to have a capacity great than five megalitres;
  • a levee or mound is constructed in an area shown in the Development Plan as being subject to flooding; and 
  • retaining walls are to be constructed which retain a difference in ground levels greater than one metre
Where development approval is not required a Water Allocation Permit and/or Water Affecting Activity Permit must be sought and obtained from the relevant regional Natural Resources Management Board. 

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the council for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on permit.


Variable; refer to your local Council.

Administering agency

Wakefield Regional Council

Contact details

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Council Office

Wakefield Regional Council

Operating address: Scotland Place
Balaklava, South Australia 5461
Mailing address: PO BOX 167
Balaklava, South Australia 5461
Phone: 08 8862 0800
Website: Wakefield Regional Council (Opens in new window)