Works that need approval

From 1 July 2022, the Regulatory and assurance framework for local water utilities PDF, 1613.11 KB applies to local water utilities in regional NSW.

The new approach to assessment and approvals of works (under section 60 of the Local Government Act 1993 or section 292(1) of the Water Management Act 2000) is fully implemented from 1 July 2022.

Under Section 60 of the Local Government Act 1993, utilities are required to obtain approval for water supply and sewerage works including water recycling schemes. The department’s approach to assessing and approving works is outlined in the Regulatory framework for local water utilities PDF, 1613.11 KB.

The table below gives a list of works that need approval under section 60 of the Local Government Act or section 292(1)(a) of the Water Management Act. More guidance about works that need approval is available in our guidance document Applying for water treatment and sewerage works PDF, 1004.25 KB.

Work type Works that need approval Works that do not need approval

Construction or extension of water treatment works by a council

Section 60(b) Local Government Act

  • New water treatment plant
  • Augmentation of a water treatment plant
  • Replacement of a water treatment plant
  • Adding a new treatment process
  • Replacement of treatment unit in a water treatment plant
  • Construction or extension of water supply network
  • Construction of raw water supply pipelines

Provision of sewage from its area to be discharged, treated, or supplied to any person

Section 60(c) Local Government Act

  • New sewage treatment plant or water recycling plant
  • Augmentation of a sewage treatment plant with or without recycling capability
  • Adding new treatment process
  • New sewage collection network
  • New network for supplying recycled water
  • New discharge of treated sewage to the environment
  • Replacement of treatment unit in a sewage or recycled water treatment plant
  • Minor extension of sewage collection network

Water management works and other associated works

Section 292 Water Management Act

  • New water treatment plant
  • Augmentation of a water treatment plant
  • Replacement of a water treatment plant
  • Adding new treatment process
  • New sewage treatment plant or water recycling plant
  • Augmentation of a sewage treatment plant with or without recycling capability
  • Adding a new treatment process
  • New sewage collection network
  • New network for supplying recycled water
  • New discharge of treated sewage to the environment
  • Replacement of treatment unit in a water treatment plant
  • Construction or extension of water supply network
  • Construction of raw water supply pipelines
  • Replacement of treatment unit in a sewage or recycled water treatment plant
  • Minor extension of sewage collection network

If a local water utility is uncertain about what works need approval, it should contact the department at section60@dpie.nsw.gov.au.