Water Affecting Activities Permit - South Australia


Certain activities that may potentially have adverse impacts on the condition of water resources will require a water affecting activities permit. Water resources include watercourses, lakes, dams, floodplains, groundwater, springs, wetlands, waterholes and catchment landscapes.

Water affecting activities that may require a permit include, but are not limited to:

  • constructing or enlarging dams or structures to collect or divert water
  • building, obstructing or depositing solid materials in a watercourse, lake or floodplain
  • draining or discharging water or brine into a watercourse, lake or well
  • excavating material from a watercourse, lake or floodplain
  • destroying vegetation in a watercourse, lake or floodplain
  • drilling, deepening and back filling wells, bores and groundwater access trenches
  • using effluent or water imported to an area for commercial activities.

Water affecting activities are regulated under South Australia's nine landscape boards. To find the right permit and application process, visit the website of the relevant landscape board for your area.

Service type


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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $60.00 Permit application fee.

Approval time

Usually processed within 40-60 days.

Administering agency

Department for Environment and 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:

Department for Environment and Water

South Australia
Contact us other: 08 8204 1910