Licensing and approvals
Responsibilities for granting and managing water licences and approvals are split between NRAR and WaterNSW.
Some types of applications are required by law to be advertised to provide an opportunity for public comment. Any person can make a submission during the advertising period.
Find out more about the licences managed by NRAR, and access links to WaterNSW and other information.
Learn about the approvals managed by NRAR, and access helpful additional resources.
Drought works exemptions
Public authorities can apply to NRAR for an exemption. Learn more.
Groundwater WAL exemptions
Two new WAL exemptions are now available under the Water Management (General) Regulation 2018 (Regulation).
View current applications open for public comment.
Emergency works exemption
An emergency works exemption is available under the Water Management General Regulation.