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The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation administers the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act (1914) that provides for the granting of licences and permits to take water and undertake certain works. Further information can be found at water licensing.
Information on when you may require a licence or permit, types of licences and the licensing process can be found at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Frequently Asked Questions. Refer to Exemptions for information on the activities that don't require licensing.
No, you are still able to submit a paper licence application or planning advice request. You can download and print a licence application form or for planning advice requests you can contact the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s regional offices.
New fees applicable to the mining and public water supply sectors are now in effect. Information on the new water licensing fees can be found in the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s water licensing fees Frequently Asked Questions.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is an advisory agency to decision making authorities and considers potential impacts on the State’s water resources from future land planning and development proposals. These include things such as drinking water source areas, watercourses and estuaries, floodplains and underground aquifers. Further information can be found at water and land use planning.
For technical issues related to the site or general licensing enquiries on the process or form, please contact us on 1800 508 885 or email licensing.
For general planning advice enquiries on the process or the form, please contact us on 1800 508 885 or email planning.
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