Water Licences

Licensing 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.

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Search for Water Entitlement and Dam Permit Data via WIST (Water Information System of Tasmania).

For water licence application or transfer queries, please contact:

  Anna Harper
  Senior Administration Officer (Permits & Licensing)
  13 St Johns Avenue, NEW TOWN TAS 7008
  Phone: 03 6165 3019
  Email: Anna.Harper@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

For further information please contact Section Head, Water and Dam Administration

  Bill Shackcloth
  Section Head, Water and Dam Administration
  13 St Johns Avenue
  NEW TOWN TAS 7008 
  Phone: 03 6165 3001
  Email: Bill.Shackcloth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au