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What are the ongoing costs of owning water licences and water access entitlement shares? 

A NRM Water Levy is payable by holders of some River Murray water access entitlement shares and non-Murray water licences under Section 101 of the Natural Resources Management Act 2004. The levy is based on the number of shares that are held on 1 July each year, and is a minimum of $200. Levies are invoiced in July each year.

Levy rates are published in the South Australian Government Gazette prior to the commencement of each new water year, usually toward the end of June. The June 2016 Gazette notice regarding water levies for 2016-17 is here (page 2494). Notice that different levy rates may be imposed on different classes of entitlement shares and on water licences if different prescribed resources.

Current application fees

Source Schedule 4 of the Natural Resource Management (General) Regulations 2005. Last updated February 2017.

Fees for transfer applications and notation of interest: 

1

Application to transfer a water licence

$422.00 plus a technical assessment fee of $284.00

2

Application to vary a water licence on transfer of an allocation, other than in relation to the RiverMurray prescribed watercourse

$422.00 plus a technical assessment fee of $284.00

3

In relation to the RiverMurray prescribed watercourse—

 

 

(a) application to transfer a water access entitlement

$422.00

 

(b) application to vary a water allocation

$248.00

 

(c) application to transfer a water allocation

$248.00

 

(d) application for a water resource works approval

$422.00

 

(e) application to vary a water resource works approval

$422.00

 

(f) application for a site use approval

$422.00 plus a technical assessment fee of$284.00

 

(g) application to vary a site use approval

$422.00 plus a technical assessment fee of$284.00

4

Application to vary a licence for any other reason

$422.00 plus a technical assessment fee of$284.00

5

Application for notation on NRM Register or for the removal of a notation (e.g. to register a security interest)

$8.75

6

Application to transfer the whole or a part of the water allocation attached to a forest water licence

$422.00 plus a technical assessment fee of $284.00

Source Schedule 4 of the Natural Resource Management (General) Regulations 2005. Last updated February 2017.

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