Extracting riverine quarrying materials from lakes and watercourses

Before starting works to excavate quarry sand, gravel and other materials in watercourses and lakes, you will need to obtain the required authorisations and ensure you meet all associated requirements.

Once you have begun operations, you will be required to submit monthly reports of the amount of material taken and pay royalties (if applicable).

The requirements in this guide apply if you are planning to extract sand, gravel, rocks or soil from the non-tidal reaches of streams and freshwater natural lakes either:

  • to be sold
  • or
  • used for a productive purpose, such as for manufacturing, roads, building or fill.

If you wish to remove material from a watercourse, lake or spring for other purposes (e.g. riverine restoration or rehabilitation), read our guide to riverine protection permits.