Licensing

Licensing

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