Application form: Consolidating a water access licence
- Download an application form (PDF 247 KB)
- Read the Guide to the application to consolidate a water access licence (PDF 28 KB)
A new water access licence can be created by joining two or more licences together. To do this, however, the licences must have the same category, be in the same zone or water source and have the same nominated works. If the works are not the same, an application to change these is also needed – see Changing a water access licence.
Note that Land and Property Information will not register a consolidation dealing where the water access licences to be consolidated are held by the same holders but in different tenancies.
You may want to consolidate two or more water access licences into one as a result of:
- receiving an additional licence as part of a property settlement
- purchasing a licence from another licence holder
- rationalising your licences.
To combine the licences they have to be of the same category or subcategory, in the same zone or water source and have the same nominated works.
Aspects to consider
Water access licences can only be consolidated if the holders and the tenancy arrangements between those holders are the same.
Where holders or tenancy differ, the holders will first need to change the tenancy arrangement with Land and Property Information to ensure there are similar tenancy arrangements before the application to consolidate water access licences can be accepted by the NSW Office of Water.
Applicants wanting to consolidate water access licences that are held by two or more holders therefore need to first check that the tenancy arrangements are the same before lodging an application. This check can be done by an online search on the Water Access Licence Register.