Water LicencesLicensing of water diversions and issuing water allocations are essential ingredients for good water management. In Tasmania, before water can be taken from a river or stream or stored in a farm dam for commercial purposes, a licence must be obtained from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
Once a person has established a water allocation under the Water Management Act 1999, an allocation may be attached to the licence. A water allocation can be obtained by either establishing a right to take water from the stream at the licence location, or by transferring water from another licence.
Conditions can be placed on both the water licence and/or allocation. Conditions are included to enable the water resource to be sustainably managed and to protect both water quality and environmental needs of waterways.
The Irrigation Rights Registers Fact Sheet outlines the requirements under the National Water Initiative relating to the keeping and contents of Irrigation Rights Registers.
Search for Water Entitlement and Dam Permit Data via WIST (Water Information System of Tasmania).
Review of Water Fees: the Department conducts regular reviews of fees charged for water licences and dam permit applications.
Tasmanian Legislation website: www.thelaw.tas.gov.au
For water licence application or transfer queries, please contact:
Senior Administration Officer (Permits & Licensing)
1 Franklin Wharf HOBART TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6233 9323
Fax: 03 6233 7781
For further information please contact Section Head, Water and Dam Administration
Section Head, Water and Dam Administration
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6233 2613
Fax: 03 6224 4977
Department switchboard: 1300 368 550 (local call cost within Australia)
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