Proposed changes in floodplain management
The NSW Government is beginning a process to transition from requirements for controlled works governed under the Water Act 1912 to requirements for flood work approvals under the Water Management Act 2000. These changes are planned to commence early in 2015.
For more information, go to Proposed changes in floodplain management.
Exemptions to requirements for flood work approvals under the Water Management Act 2000 are now being considered following public consultation from Monday 8 September until Friday 24 October. Comments received from the consultation will be taken into account.
Currently, there are three main categories of approvals that can be granted:
- to construct and use a water supply work (e.g. to install and operate a pump, dam or bore).
Find out more about water supply work approvals.
- to use water for a particular purpose, such as irrigation.
Find out more about water use approvals.
- for certain types of developments and activities carried out in or near a river, lake or estuary.
Find out more about controlled activity approvals.
Under the Water Management Act 2000, water access licences entitle a licence holder to a share of the water in a water source that can be sustainably extracted. These licences are held and traded independently from land and are issued separately to approvals.
You can search the online NSW Water Register for information about water supply work approvals and water use approvals. Information includes:
- the approval ID number
- the kind of approval
- the date granted and expiry date
- the description of the authorised activity
- the water source
- the location of the work, use or activity
- the conditions of the approval.
The NSW Water Register also provides a record of applications for approvals. Details include:
- the application ID number
- the date the application was received by the Department
- the water source to which it relates
- the category of approval the applicant is seeking and type of work
- the status of the application.
You can search online for information about approvals on the NSW Water Register. Information on this register ia also available at NSW Office of Water offices. There is no charge to search for information on this register.
The NSW Water Register does not include information about controlled activity approvals. Information publicly available from a register of controlled activity approvals is available at our local offices.
The information is provided consistent with the requirements of section 57 of the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998.