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:
- if you do not have direct access to the water source
- if you are in a water control district.