Responsibilities for granting and managing water licences and approvals are split between NRAR and WaterNSW. NRAR is responsible for water access licences and associated approvals required by or for:
- government agencies, including NSW and Commonwealth government agencies and councils
- state-owned corporations
- major water utilities, water supply authorities and licensed network operators under the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (NSW)
- entities who are carrying out activities under the Mining Act 1992 (NSW), the Offshore Minerals Act 1999 (NSW), the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 (NSW) or the Petroleum (Offshore) Act 1982
- irrigation corporations
- public schools and public hospitals
- entities who hold or are eligible to hold an Aboriginal commercial, Aboriginal community development, Aboriginal cultural or Aboriginal environmental subcategory of access licence
- entities undertaking major developments (state significant developments and state significant infrastructure)
those engaged in floodplain harvesting.
WaterNSW is responsible for water access licences and associated approvals required by:
- rural landholders
- rural industries
- developments which are not state significant development or state significant infrastructure.
Visit application forms and guides for more information.
Download the Water laws, licenses and approvals fact sheet