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Licences & permits

Water licence and permit forms

The department is reforming its water licensing business and delivering a modern online water register in 2022. A new digital platform called MyWater will give all water account holders and water market participants easy access to water data and the online water register.

For more information visit the MyWater information page.

In response to COVID-19 we remain open for business, but the way we deliver our services and agency priorities will be done differently to ensure the wellbeing of our staff and community.

From Monday 13th April 2020 customers will be able to lodge their manual/hard copy application/s for water licensing transactions by email and will be contacted by a Water Licensing Officer for payment.

Forms can be downloaded from the Water Connect website (note, include your email address in this form).

Where possible letters and associated documents will be emailed directly to customers.

Customers can still contact the Water Licensing Branch for each area as listed below:

LocationPhoneOffice LocationTeamEmail
Berri8595 205328 Vaughan Tce, Berri 5343Trade teamDEWWatertrade@sa.gov.au
Berri8595 205328 Vaughan Tce, Berri 5343Data teamDEW.Waterlicensingberri@sa.gov.au
Adelaide8463 687681-95 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000Trade teamDEWwaterlicensing@sa.gov.au
Mount Gambier8735 113411 Helen Street, Mount Gambier 5290Trade team

DEW.LCWaterLicensing@sa.gov.au

Please note: If your water application form is lodged after 2pm on 16 June 2023, there is no guarantee that the application will be determined in the 2022-2023 year.

From 1 July 2017, foreign persons are required to register their interests in registerable water entitlements and contractual water rights on the Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements. To find out more and how to register, follow this link.

Forms for specific prescribed water resources areas

To apply for a new licence, vary a current licence, transfer a licence and more, click on the relevant prescribed water resources area:

Water meter forms

To provide a meter self-read, submit an online meter reading form.

To provide details about a new meter or a change to a meter, submit an online meter notification form.

Forms applicable throughout the state for specific purposes

To apply for one of the following activities, select the relevant form on the statewide page:

  • note or remove an interest in a water licence
  • drain or discharge water into a well
  • use imported water (except Clare Valley)
  • use effluent water
  • water meter test
  • well driller's licence application, renewal or variation
  • well construction permit.

Contact your local water licence office

For more information about water licences and permits please contact us:

Office Contact Numbers

Prescribed Water Resource Areas managed by this office

Adelaide
(08) 8463 6876

McLaren Vale, Northern Adelaide Plains, Western Mount Lofty Ranges, Far North

Berri
(08) 8595 2053

River Murray, Angas Bremer, Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges, Mallee, Marne Saunders, Peake Roby and Sherlock, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Eyre Peninsula

Mount Gambier
(08) 8735 1134

Tatiara, Padthaway, Lower Limestone Coast, Tintinara-Coonalpyn, Morambro Creek & Nyroca Channel

Email (all areas): DEWwaterlicensing@sa.gov.au