Dam Permit - Tasmania


You will require this permit if you intend to undertake work on dams or wells. Work practices may cover the design, construction, maintenance, surveillance and decommissioning of dams and well works, and any related matters. You may not require a permit if any of the following apply:

  • for a dam that is not on a watercourse and holds less than one mega litre of water
  • where the dam works repairs to be undertaken are minor and do not alter the design, function or capacity of the dam, as further described in the legislation
  • when emergency or urgent dam works (that do not cause environmental harm) are required to prevent injury or damage
  • where a dam is to be constructed for the primary purpose of storing waste, or for hydro-electric power generation purposes, as defined and allowed under legislation.

As a general rule, any works in a watercourse may require a permit and should be referred to the Agency.

A dam permit only allows for the construction of, or other works to, a dam. You may also need to apply to the Agency for a water licence to store and use the water in the dam. Approval of a water licence proceeds according to the Agency's normal process and may be revoked in the case of a Water Supply Emergency (WSE).

Please consult the Contact Officer to assist you in determining if a permit is required under current legislation.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To start the dam assessment process these minimum conditions must be met:

  • an application form must be completed
  • the required information must be supplied and the fee must be paid.

Due to the complex nature of applications for this permit, please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Might Need

Water Licences


Up to 3 years. May be revoked in the case of a Water Supply Emergency (WSE).


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Dam Work Permit Guidelines (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Water Management Act 1999 Tasmania

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Water and Marine Resources

Water Operations

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:

Section Head, Dam Safety

Water Operations

Water and Marine Resources

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Operating address: 1 Franklin Wharf
Tasmania 7000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 44
Hobart, Tasmania 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3001
Fax: 03 6224 4977
Email: Bill.Shackcloth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Supporting information