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Licences & permits > Water licence and permit forms

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

Please note: if your water application form is lodged after 2pm on 17 June 2022 there is no guarantee that the application will be determined in the 2021-2022 year.

Water licence and permit forms

Download forms for specific prescribed water resources areas from the list below and apply using the instructions on the forms.

To apply for an activity relating to wells, well driller's licences, notations of interest, using effluent or imported water and general meter testing, please use a statewide form.

Find out whether you need to apply for a water licence or permit.

If you have questions about the water licences or permits, please phone the relevant number below.

For water licence enquiries:

  • relating to the Barossa PWRA – (08) 8595 2053
  • for all other prescribed water resources listed below –(08) 8463 6876

For water affecting activity enquiries:

  • relating to a dam or watercourse (eg. creating or enlarging a dam; building a structure in a watercourse etc.) - please contact your Landscape Board: (08) 8391 7500 for Hills & Fleurieu, (08) 8463 3733 for Green Adelaide or (08) 8841 3444 for Northern & Yorke
  • relating to wells (eg. drilling, backfilling, repairing, replacing etc.) – (08) 8735 1134

Permits and licences are required for the following water resources in accordance with the Landscape South Australia Act 2019. Most of these resources are also managed by a Water Allocation Plan (WAP). A WAP is a legal document that sets out the rules for managing the take and use of prescribed water resources areas to ensure resource sustainability. Find out more information about what a WAP is and why they are important.

Adelaide Plains

As the Adelaide Plains Water Allocation Plan became operational on 1 July 2022, there are new forms to be used for applications relating to water licences and water allocations of the three prescribed wells areas of:

  • Central Adelaide
  • Dry Creek
  • Northern Adelaide Plains

To see the new water allocation plan and information sheets on topics such as transfers, please visit the Adelaide Plains Water Allocation Plan page.

If you are considering transferring water in the Adelaide Plains and you are unsure of your consumptive pool, please visit the consumptive pools online map, or you may wish to contact the Water Licensing team on (08) 8463 6876 to determine if the transfer would be possible under the new water allocation plan.

Form
New water licence
Transfer water licence or part of water licence
Transfer water allocation (12 month limit)
Transfer water licence (use for land sale/rental)
Vary water licence

Barossa

Form

New water licence

Transfer of a water licence

Transfer water allocation

Vary water licence

Note: The Department for Environment and Water no longer provides special meter reads and licence holders are now required to read and submit their own meter readings. To find out more about self-reads visit I need help to do a self-read. To lodge a self-read complete the Meter Reading Form.

Chapmans Creek Intake

Form

New water licence

Little Para

Form

Transfer of a water licence

McLaren Vale

Form

New water licence

Transfer of a water licence

Transfer water allocation - apply online or download the form

Please note, this form has recently been upgraded, to apply online you need to click the link in the preceding sentence. Bookmarks created prior to June 30 2021 no longer link to the online form.

*Please ensure a current meter read for transferor is provided with submission of Application to transfer water allocation in McLaren Vale Prescribed Wells Area. Failure to provide a current read may delay processing of applications.

Vary water licence

Note: The Department for Environment and Water no longer provides special meter reads and licence holders are now required to read and submit their own meter readings. To find out more about self-reads visit I need help to do a self-read. To lodge a self-read complete the Meter Reading Form.

Further information

Middle Beach Intake

Form

New water licence

Western Mount Lofty Ranges

Please note there are currently restrictions in place for some activities in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges. It is recommended that you contact Water Licensing on 8463 6876 to confirm the current status of these restrictions.

Form

New water licence

Transfer of a water licence

Transfer water allocation

Vary water licence

Note: The Department for Environment and Water no longer provides special meter reads and licence holders are now required to read and submit their own meter readings. To find out more about self-reads visit I need help to do a self-read. To lodge a self-read complete the Meter Reading Form.

Further information

  • Water licences and/or water allocations can be either temporarily or permanently transferred. All transfer applications must be in accordance with the rules set out in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges Water Allocation Plan. Find out more information about water trading/transfers within the Western Mount Lofty Ranges.
  • A key consideration when lodging an application to transfer groundwater allocation should be the capacity to allow for additional allocations within a groundwater management zone. The transfer of allocation must not result in the extraction limit for the receiving management zone to be exceeded (or further exceeded). Confirm the demand by viewing the latest map of the Groundwater Management Zone Allocation Status.