Well Construction Licence - Western Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to construct, alter, deepen or conduct any other works on a well.

For the purposes of this licence, a well is an opening in the ground used to obtain access to underground water, classified as either artesian or non-artesian:

  • Artesian wells are wells from which water flows naturally to the surface without any pumping. You will need a licence for all works on wells of this type.
  • Non-artesian wells are wells from which water does not flow naturally and instead is raised by pumping or some other artificial means. A licence is only needed for wells of this type in locations proclaimed 'groundwater areas' by the agency.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • provide specifications of the construction of the well, including a plan of the geographical location of the well
  • set out the reason for constructing the well and the ways you intend to use the water from it.


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Licence fees:

  • low assessment level - $172.00
  • medium assessment level - $215.00
  • high assessment level - $269.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Rights in Water and Irrigation Regulations 2000 Western Australia

Administering agency

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation


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