Water supply work approval
A water supply work approval allows you to construct and use a work which takes water from a river, lake or aquifer. The following category of works require a water supply work approval:
- extraction works – groundwater
- pumps – surface water
- channels for diverting or conveying water, regulators or pipes
- storage works – off-river and runoff harvesting storages (for example, on-farm dams, turkeys nest dams)
- storage works – in-river storage (for example, weirs).
For applications for monitoring bores, or for artificial recharge into an aquifer visit Water Act 1912 licence below.
Water use approval
A water use approval allows you to use water on your land. Only certain uses require approval and include:
- town water supply
- power generation.
A water use approval is not required for any activity which is authorised by an approval from another determining authority, for example, local government or a NSW Government department.
Water Act 1912 licence
There are a number of works which are not covered by the Water Management Act 2000. These works require licensing under the Water Act 1912.
Groundwater licences relate to aquifers and aquifer interference activities (Part 5 licence). Works include:
- monitoring bores > 40 m in depth
- artificial recharge into an aquifer.
Monitoring bores with a depth < 40 m are exempt from requiring a licence. Refer to Clause 39(1)(c) and 39(2) of the Water Management (General) Regulation 2018.
Bore for domestic and stock right (also known as BLR bores)
This type of approval applies to bores only to be used for stock and domestic purposes. These are referred to as Basic Landholder Rights (BLR) bores. Rural landholders and rural industries must apply for BLR bores through WaterNSW.
Water supply work/use approval
A holder of a water supply work/use approval can apply to amend their approval to alter existing works, add additional works or, to request a condition review.
An approval holder can apply to amend their water supply work approval to specify that some or all of the works authorised by the approval are ‘inactive’, or to withdraw an inactive status.
For a work to be considered ‘inactive’, it must not be capable of taking water. Once marked as ‘inactive’, the approval will be amended to include a condition prohibiting the work from being used to take water.
A water supply work approval may be considered ‘inactive’ because:
- the approval holder has stopped (either permanently or temporarily) carrying out the activity which required water supplies
- they are taking water from a different water supply work
- the water supply work was never installed, or
- it negates the requirement to install mandatory metering equipment required by the non-urban water metering framework.
To withdraw an ‘inactive’ status, an approval holder must apply to NRAR to remove the ‘inactive’ status and the condition from their approval which prohibits the work from being used to take water.
Extend an approval
The department sends out extension notices 60 days prior to the expiry of all approvals. The extension notice includes a cover letter and application form for extension. Another notice is sent 30 days prior to expiry.
If you require an extension, complete the form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note, if your approval expires before you submit an application for extension, the fees will change.
If you have not received an extension notice and your approval is within 60 days of expiry or has expired, use Water Assist to submit an enquiry.
Things to remember
You can complete the form electronically or by hand. For applications completed by hand, write in capital letters and use a blue or black pen.
Both electronic and hardcopy applications must be signed.
|Approval type||Lodgement fee||Additional fee (if applicable)|
|New approvals||Water supply work and/or water use|
$365.46 required for advertising|
$2,675.64 required for technical referral
|Pump||$2,540.22||$567.19 required for advertising|
|Dam||$2,513.57||$655.41 required for advertising|
|Water Act 1912 licence||
$151 non-artesian bore|
$48 artesian bore
|$2,052.55 required for technical referral|
|Bore for domestic and stock right (i.e., BLR bores)||$938.83||$151.31 required for technical referral|
|Amend an approval||Water supply work and/or water use||
$1,573.75 add/change works, use or condition|
$186.95 administrative amendment
|$2,675.64 required for technical referral|
|Extend an approval||Approval extension||
$372.39 before expiry|
$688.23 after expiry
The table above contains the fees and charges for the department's water consent transactions consistent with the charges approved in Schedule 5, Table 12 of IPART's 2021 Final Determination on Water Administration Ministerial Corporation Maximum Prices for Water Management Services which apply from 1 July 2022.
The charges have been determined by IPART under the regulatory processes used by IPART to determine charges for the Water Administration Ministerial Corporation.
The table contains the circumstances under which the charges are payable and the amounts of the charges. These charges came into effect on 1 July 2022.
The fees and charges in the table may be payable in parts as the need for advertising and the need for groundwater assessment will be determined by The department following receipt of the application.
There are no discounts or surcharges for these charges.
These charges are being imposed by the department via an instrument of delegation.
Application fees are non-refundable for change of mind or where an application is not granted or refused.
Rural landholders and rural industries
WaterNSW is your one stop shop for licensing services. This includes water supply work and water use approvals for rural landholders and rural industries.Visit WaterNSW