Please note: if your water application form is lodged after 2pm on 18 June 2021 there is no guarantee that the application will be determined in the 2020-2021 year.
The following forms are applicable anywhere in South Australia.
Water affecting activity permits
To access forms for any other water affecting activity, please visit your local natural resources centre.
Water meter testing forms
Well driller's licence forms
Well construction permit
Well construction permit - complete online or download 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.
(08) 8735 1134
Note 1 – On 4 October 2020 it was announced that the moratorium on drilling new domestic bores in Adelaide was lifted. Anyone considering applying for a stock or domestic Well Construction Permit (including those for replacement, rehabilitation and deepening) in the Central Adelaide Prescribed Wells Area, should consider the Lifting the Moratorium FAQs, as well as the latest information about Groundwater Prohibition Areas (GPAs) and EPA Assessment Areas that can be found on the EPA’s website.
If the property is located within a Groundwater Prohibition Area or in an area otherwise known or suspected as having contaminated groundwater (e.g. in an EPA Assessment Area), any applications for a stock or domestic Well Construction Permit (including those for replacement, rehabilitation and deepening) will be refused in the interest of public health and safety.
If the property is outside of a Groundwater Prohibition Area or EPA Assessment Area, additional assessment to determine if the location is known or suspected as having contaminated groundwater will be required (may take up to 40 business days to process). This assessment is conducted by the EPA and will occur upon lodgement of the permit application. If the assessment reveals that your proposed drill site is known or suspected as having contaminated groundwater your permit application will be refused.
Note 2 – If your well construction permit for stock or domestic use in the Central Adelaide Prescribed Wells Area is successful, a condition of your permit will be to arrange and pay for a water quality sample to be collected and tested by an accredited laboratory, prior to use, to ensure the water is safe and fit for purpose.
Fitness for purpose will be determined by the landowner based on appropriate Australian or International guidelines along with advice from SA Health. For assistance to interpret these results from a public health perspective help can be provided by the Water Quality Unit of SA Health. Please also see the information provided by SA Health about the risks of using bore water for domestic purposes and guidance on testing the water quality.
Note 3 - If water quality results indicate that there is site contamination, it is important that you immediately discontinue use. Preventing extraction of contaminated groundwater is necessary to protect human health and also to prevent the spread of contamination. This can be caused by drawing water towards a property if the groundwater is being extracted from a bore.
As the owner or occupier of the site or residential property, you must notify the EPA in writing as soon as reasonably practicable after becoming aware of the existence of contamination. This is a legal requirement under the Environment Protection Act 1993. The EPA can be contacted on (08) 8204 2004 or by email.
The EPA is required to place this notification in the EPA Public Register. The liable party found to be responsible for the contamination (or the EPA) also advises the affected community if a risk to public health is confirmed.
Note 4 – If your application for a well construction permit is successful, and if a condition of the permit requires you to submit water samples for salinity testing by the department, please send water samples to: Department for Environment and Water, 24-26 Tikalara Street, Regency Park, SA, 5010. Please be aware that this does not relate to Note 2 above.
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