Dams

​​​​​​Generally all dams, including levees and weirs, are regulated in Tasmania under the Water Management Act 1999 and the Water Management (Safety of Dams) Regulations 2015.

DPIPWE's Water Management and Assessment Branch can provide advice on how to obtain a 'Permit to Undertake Dam Works' which is required to contruct, remove or modify a dam under the Water Management Act and Regulations.

If a member of the public wishes to report a dam safety incident that threatens life or property and it is considered an emergency call 000 and ask for the Police. Tasmania Police coordinate Dam Emergency responses.

In this Topic

  • Annual Report on Part 8 of the Water Management Act 1999 - Dam Works
    There is a requirement under section 164ZN of the WMA for the Minister to prepare an annual report in relation to the performance and exercise of his or her functions and powers under Part 8 (Dam Works) of the WMA.
  • Building a Farm Dam
    A new streamlined, risk-based approach for the approval of farm dam construction has been developed by the Tasmanian Government
  • Dam Safety Emergencies
    Steps to follow in the event of a dam emergency.
  • Dam Maintenance and Repairs
    To ensure dams remain in a safe and working condition, regular dam monitoring is recommended.
  • Dam Safety
    The Water Management Act 1999 ('the Act') and the Water Management (Safety of Dams) Regulations 2015 ('the Regulations') ensure owners of existing dams meet their dam safety responsibilities.
  • Dam Works Assessment Decision Framework
    The Dam Works Assessment Decision Framework (the Framework) sets out the parameters for dam works assessment in Tasmania.
  • Dam Works Codes
    Codes pertaining to Dam Works.
  • Dam Works Permit Guidelines
    These Guidelines provide advice for obtaining a dam permit under the Water Management Act 1999.


Your Regional Water Management Officer can assist with dam queries and issues.

For Dams Works application forms see Water Management Forms