Water Licences

Short and long-term use of water for domestic and non-domestic purposes, as well as information on how to change an existing water licence.

Choose the appropriate activity from the options below. Viewing the guidance before starting an application is recommended.

  • View Guidance – links you to detailed guidance for your activity’s application process or, in some cases, to the appropriate website for your activity.
  • Map an Area of Interest – links you to a map where you can find your area of interest on a map and research how it is currently being used.
  • Apply Now – if applicable, links directly to an application form, guidance page or website.

Surface Water Use (Long Term)

Divert or use surface water for domestic or small irrigation purposes as well as non-domestic purposes for more than 24 months. Surface water is water from features such as streams, lakes, springs and swamps.

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Water Licence Change

An application to submit a request for a water licence to be amended (e.g. apportion the licence due to a subdivision, transfer it to another property), change the terms of usage (e.g. purpose, works) or to abandon a water licence.

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Water Licence Ownership Update

A process which allows an licence holder to submit a notice of a change to any of the licence holder information. This usually happens when the land which the licence was issued for changes hands or if the licence holder needs to update or correct their ownership information.

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Water Use - Short Term

An application to use or divert surface water such as streams, lakes, springs and swamps for less than 24 months.

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