Water licence information

A water licence is an authority granted under the Water Act 2000 to:

  • take water
  • interfere with water
  • or
  • both interfere with and take water where these 2 activities are inextricably linked.

This guide explains when a water licence is needed and how to make a water licence application. It also explains how to make submissions in response to public notices of water licence applications and how to access information about water entitlements.

Recent changes to legislation means you can now apply for 1 or more dealings in a single transaction.

Make sure you have the required licence and that you follow its conditions before you take or interfere with water. You must also check whether you require an authorisation to construct works under the Planning Act 2016.