Licensing & trade
WaterNSW is your one-stop-shop for licensing services for rural landholders and industries, and water trade services. For information visit the Customer Services section on WaterNSW.
Basic water rights
There are three types of basic landholder rights in NSW under the Water Management Act 2000. For information visit the Basic Water Rights section on WaterNSW.
You will need a water licence or other approval from Water NSW or our department to extract water from rivers or aquifers to use for commercial purposes. For information visit the Licensing section on water.nsw.gov.au.
Read about the NSW Government Water Reform Action Plan to find out how we are working to ensure we have an equitable and transparent approach to the management of our water now and for future generations.
Application forms, guides and fees
You can find information about fees and download forms and guides from the Applications and fees section on water.nsw.gov.au.
The main categories of approvals are water supply, water use, controlled activity and flood work approvals. For information visit the Approvals section on water.nsw.gov.au.
Accurate and up-to-date information on water extraction is essential to protect the rights of all water users, including the environment. For information visit the Metering section on water.nsw.gov.au.