Licensing & trade

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For information on water licensing, metering, approvals and fees visit



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


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


The main categories of approvals are water supply, water use, controlled activity and flood work approvals. For information visit the Approvals section on


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