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.