Dam Works Codes

The Water Management Act 1999 (the Act) provides for the sustainable management and allocation of Tasmania's water resources.  Part 8 of the Act regulates dam works and provides for the issuing of dam works permits which authorise the undertaking of dam works.

Part 8 of the Act provides two pathways to obtaining a dam works permit.  The first pathway provides for a Division 3 permit, obtained through an application and assessment process.  The second pathway provides for a Division 4 permit, which is obtained without the need to make an application.  A person is entitled to a Division 4 permit if their dam works meet the criteria specified under section 159 of the Act. 


Division 3 Permit Dam Works Code 2015

The purpose of the Division 3 Permit Dam Works Code 2015 is to prescribe minimum design, construction and environmental standards that apply to dam works authorised under a Division 3 permit.

Pursuant to section 301 of the Water Management Act 1999, a code of practice may be issued in respect of dam works and related matters. This Code has been issued under section 301(1)(b) for the purposes of dam works authorised under a Division 3 permit.

This Code is administered by the Department for Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment on behalf of the Minister for Primary Industries and Water.

This Code applies to all dam works, including constructing a new dam and repairing, modifying or removing an existing dam, that are authorised under a Division 3 permit.

  Division 3 Permit Dam Works Code 2015   (156Kb)


Division 4 Permit Dam Works Code 2015

The purpose of the Division 4 Permit Dam Works Code 2015 is to prescribe minimum design, construction and environmental standards that apply to dam works authorised under a Division 4 permit[1].

Pursuant to Section 301 of the Water Management Act 1999, a code of practice may be issued in respect of dam works and related matters.  This Code has been issued under section 301(1)(b) for the purposes of dam works authorised under a Division 4 permit.

This Code is administered by the Department for Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment on behalf of the Minister for Primary Industries and Water.

This Code applies to all dam works, including constructing a new dam and repairing, modifying or removing an existing dam, that are authorised under a Division 4 permit.

  Division 4 Permit Dam Works Code 2015   (153Kb)


Dam Works Code to Clear Vegetation 2015

The purpose of the Dam Works Code to Clear Vegetation 2015 is to provide a set of standards, for the protection of environmental values, which apply to the clearance of vegetation undertaken as part of dam works authorised under a Division 3 permit.

Pursuant to section 301 of the Water Management Act 1999, a code of practice may be issued in respect of dam works and related matters.  This Code has been issued under section 301(1)(b) for the purposes of dam works authorised under a Division 3 permit.

This Code is administered by the Department for Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment on behalf of the Minister for Primary Industries and Water.

This Code applies to all dam works, including constructing a new dam and repairing, modifying or removing an existing dam, that are authorised under a Division 3 permit, where the works involve any of the following:

(i)           the harvesting of timber on land;

(ii)          the clearing of trees on land;

(iii)         the clearing and conversion of a threatened native vegetation community[1] on land;

where the total area of land on which the harvesting or clearing occurs is 10 ha or greater.

  Dam Works Code to Clear Vegetation 2015   (153Kb)


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