Water extraction licences

Licence responsibilities

As a licence holder, you must do all of the following:

  • install and maintain a water meter
  • submit a meter reading for a water extraction licence
  • use no more than your monthly water limit
  • apply for an increase in your water limit if needed
  • seek approval before using inline chemigation or fertigation systems
  • apply to renew your licence before it expires.
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Renew your licence to either:

  • take water from a bore
  • take or use surface water or groundwater.

Step 1. Fill in the relevant forms

To renew your licence, you must fill in the:

If you're changing your water use with your renewal, you must also fill in the:

Step 2. Submit the relevant forms

Submit the forms by email to water.licensing@nt.gov.au or by mail or in person to your Water Resources office.

You must do this at least six months before your licence expires.

Applications received after the expiry date will be returned and you will be asked to apply for a new water extraction licence.

If the interest in the land has been transferred, you must notify the Water Resources office to update the public register for water licences.

This includes changes in land ownership and properties that are under a lease agreement.

How to transfer

To notify the office, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the:

Step 2. Submit the form by email to water.licensing@nt.gov.au or by mail or in person to your Water Resources office.

You must amend your licence if you:

  • add or remove an extraction point or bore
  • change the land on which the water will be used.

The licence will generally be reissued if the requested change will not result in:

  • a change in security level or water source or
  • an increase in the maximum water entitlements of the licence.

You may also want to amend any other term or condition of your licence.

How to amend

To apply to have your licence amended, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the:

Step 2. Submit the form by email to water.licensing@nt.gov.au or by mail or in person to your Water Resources office.

If your renew, transfer or amend form includes commercially confidential information, you can apply for this information to be withheld from the public register.

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the:

Step 2. Submit the form by email to water.licensing@nt.gov.au or by mail or in person to your Water Resources office.

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Last updated: 08 November 2021

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