Licensing & trade
Licensing and approvals
Find information on the water licensing and work approval processes.
Major projects are state significant developments and infrastructure under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
Security interests & legal searches
How to use water licences as security for a mortgage, and how to find out what approvals may apply to land you are thinking of buying or leasing.
Find out about restrictions on applying for a Water Act 1912 licence.
Water theft and harming water sources are serious crimes. Compliance with licence and approval requirements is critical to sharing of our precious water resources and preventing harm to water supplies and our environment.
Departments and agencies with water management responsibilities in NSW.
Landholder rights to take water from a river, lake or aquifer without a water licence or approval in certain circumstances.
Water licences are a valuable asset. You can trade water access licences, licence shares and water allocations.
NSW Water Register
Public access to information about water licences, approvals, water trading and environmental water.
Hydro line spatial data