We grant a number of licences and permits that protect our water resources and promote its sustainable and efficient use.
This section has information about:
- the types of water licences and permits
- how to apply for licences and permits
- where water is available
- vegetation clearing controls
- exemptions and responsibilities of licence and permit holders
- metering information
- how water can be traded with other licensees
Interim regulatory best practice principles
Six guiding regulatory principles have been established to guide the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation from 1 July 2017, following the amalgamation of the Department of Water, Department of Environment Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority,
The guiding principles have been set in the interim and the department will undertake further work including consultation in order to finalise them.
Licences and how to apply, licensing policies, forms to download and answers to questions frequently asked by current and prospective licensees.
Find out who is eligible to trade water entitlements and how applications are assessed. Click here to identify potential trading partners from the Water Register.
Metering and measuring the water you take helps you understand your water usage to make the most of your entitlements and reduce your overall costs.
New fees for water licence and permit applications are being introduced to the mining and public water supply sectors from the 13 November 2018, post