Water licensing fees

Fees for water licence and permits applications made under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914.

Fees for water licence and permit applications were introduced for the mining and public water supply sectors from the 13 November 2018, post gazettal of legislation on the 30 October 2018.

Fees apply to the assessment of:

  • new licences to take water
  • renewals for existing licences to take water
  • amendments of licences to take water
  • licences to construct or alter wells
  • permits for beds and banks.

Fees will fall into three price categories ranging from $172 to $8,929. 

You can register with Water Online to access all your water licensing details. This is the most efficient way to apply for and manage your licences.

Fee structure

The table below details the fee structure for assessment of applications for the mining and public water supply sectors.

Fees are based on an assessment level which is determined by the type of application, the volume of water being applied for and the allocation status of the water resource.

For applications that are for a volume of 1,500kL or less per annum, an exemption exists within the Regulations and the fee payable will be $200. DWER-initiated amendments will not incur an application fee.

For all other mining and public water supply applications the table below is applicable.

Application type Risk assessment level Fee ($)
New 5C licence (take water) assessment fee Low risk 5,357
Medium risk 7,143
High risk 8,929
Renew existing 5C licence assessment fee Low risk 4,001
Medium risk 5,335
High risk 6,668
Amend 5C licence assessment fee Low risk 4,407
Medium risk 5,876
High risk 7,345
Construct and alter well licence assessment fee Low risk 172
Medium risk 215
High risk 269
Permit for bed and banks assessment fee Low risk 2,477
Medium risk 3,302
High risk 4,128

 

In addition to the fee schedule above, the current Rights in Water and Irrigation Amendment Regulations 2000 pertaining to fees continue to apply to all business sectors.

Part 1 — Fees relating to licences and permits

Item Fee
Application for approval of transfer of a licence, water entitlement or agreement referred to in clause 30 of Schedule 1 to the Act (cl. 32(1)(c) of that Schedule)

$200

Fee for certified duplicate of a licence (cl. 45 of Schedule 1 to the Act and reg. 22(1)) $50
Maximum amount for meter test (reg. 44(4)) $500

 

Part 2 — Registration of instruments in the register and access to the register

Registration Fee
Application for notation of security interest $70
Removal of notation of security interest $70
Variation of notation of security interest $70
Access to register  
Copy of an entry in, or an extract from, the register (s. 26GZI(4)) $25 for the first page, $1 for each additional page

Determining the applicable fee

Once your application is submitted, an initial review will be undertaken to determine the applicable fee. The department will then notify you of the amount and the payment process through BPOINT payment system.

You can estimate the fee you will be required to pay with the following steps:

  1. Search the Water Register for the location of your application. The Water Register will identify the water resources at your location.
  2. Check the applicable allocation status of your water resource for the determination of fees.
    Note: This report is updated as at the end of the previous day. The report outlines the allocation of the entire water resource and may not represent water available for your specific application.
  3. Use the allocation status percentage of the water resource to determine your assessment level, referring to Tables 1–3.
  4. Use the assessment level to determine your fee as set out in the fee structure table above. 
  5. If the report or the register are unclear on your assessment level, you may be within an unproclaimed area or in a resource where no allocation limit is set. You can check if you are in an unproclaimed area on these maps
  6. You may still require a licence in an unproclaimed area in certain instances. You can confirm your requirements with the department by contacting us on 1800 508 885.

Table 1 — Assessment levels associated with applications for licences to take water (5C applications Form 3G or 3S)

Applicable allocation status of water resource
Volume ≤30% >30% but ≤70% >70% but ≤100% Water resource is >100% No allocation limit
<50,000 kL/annum low low medium high low

≥50,000 but <500,000 kL/annum

low medium high high low
≥500,000 kL/annum high high high high low

 

Table 2 — Assessment levels associated with applications to construct or alter a well (s26D) – Form 1

Applicable allocation status of water resource
≤30% >30% but ≤70% >70% but ≤100%  >100% No allocation limit
low low medium high low

 

Table 3 — Assessment levels associated with applications to interfere with beds and banks – Form 3P

Applicable allocation status of water resource
≤30% >30% but ≤70% >70% but ≤100% >100% No allocation limit
low low medium high low

Frequently asked questions

Please refer to the Frequently asked questions about water licensing fees for more information.

Page reviewed 14 December 2022