Apply for water extraction licence

When you need a water extraction licence

A water extraction licence lets you take or use water using a bore or river pump system. 

Water licences are not attached to land, although the licence does state what property the water is to be used on.

When you don't need a water licence

You don't need a water licence if you are using the water for any of the following uses:

  • stock and domestic
  • road construction and/or maintenance
  • mining or petroleum activities.

In Alice Springs and Daly/Roper River water control districts you don't need a groundwater extraction licence if you are using less than 5 megalitres of groundwater on your property each year.

When you need a water licence

You need a water licence for any of the following:

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Last updated: 25 October 2016

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