Riverine protection permits
You will generally need a riverine protection permit before you excavate; place fill; or destroy vegetation in any watercourse, lake or spring, unless you meet the exemption requirements (see below).
If you wish to remove riverine quarry material (such as stone, gravel, sand, rock, clay, earth and soil) from a watercourse or lake, you must obtain authorisations for the extraction riverine quarry materials. Contact your local business centre to check what is required.
You may also need to obtain other authorisations, such as owner consent and vegetation clearing permits.
How to apply for a riverine protection permit
Before applying, check whether your activity is covered by an exemption (see below). To apply, complete the application for a riverine protection permit (PDF, 616KB). No fees currently apply.
You do not need to apply for a permit if you meet the riverine protection permit exemption requirements (PDF, 143KB). To check if you meet these requirements, contact your local business centre.
In certain cases, exemptions may also be available for emergency works. Read more about watercourse works associated with emergencies and disasters.
- Find out how to obtain approval to clear native vegetation.
- Read about obtaining owner's consent for state land.
- Read about development assessment for water-related operational works.
- Find out more about Queensland's river improvement trusts.
- Find out more about other laws that apply to clearing.
- Find out about repairs to groundwater bores and spears.
- Last reviewed: 1 Jul 2022
- Last updated: 16 May 2023