Dam Works Permit - Tasmania


You will need a permit if you intend to undertake work on dams. Work practices may cover the design, construction, maintenance, surveillance and decommissioning of dams and well works, and any related matters.

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. Approval of a water licence proceeds according to the Agency's normal process. A Water Licence may be suspended / revoked in the case of a Water Supply Emergency (WSE) and may be subject to restrictions if water flow is limited at a given time.

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

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.


There are some exemptions for certain dams and wells.

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
  • pay the prescribed fee.

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


Might Need

Water Licences


A Dam Works Permit is issued for a period of 2 years. This may be extended for a further 2 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Act(s) name

Water Management Act 1999 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Water Management (Safety of Dams) Regulations 2015 Tasmania

Approval time

There is a time limit of 12 weeks.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Water and Marine Resources

Water Management and Assessment Branch

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, Water and Dam Administration

Water Management and Assessment Branch

Water and Marine Resources

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Operating address: 13 St Johns Avenue
New Town, Tasmania 7008
Phone: 03 6165 3001
Email: Bill.Shackcloth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
Website: Water Licences. (Opens in new window)

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