Licence to Operate a Dam for Irrigation or Commercial Purposes - Southern Rural Water - Victoria


You will need this licence to operate dams for irrigation or commercial purposes.

This licence is required to operate a dam on a waterway which will be used to take, use, convey or store water. If you intend to operate a dam off a waterway, you will only need this licence if the dam is a potentially hazardous dam. A potentially hazardous dam is:

  • 5 metres or higher and 50 megalitres capacity or larger
  • 10 metres or higher and 20 megalitres capacity or larger
  • 15 metres or higher, regardless of capacity
  • a dam belonging to a prescribed class of dams.

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.

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Fees can be found in the attached resource

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Water Tariffs - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Water Act 1989 Victoria

Additional information

This licence may be required along with a licence to take and use water or a licence to construct works. These may involve bore or dam construction and / or the use of pumping equipment.

Administering agency

Southern Rural Water

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.