Rural landholders in NSW are entitled to build and maintain dams up to a certain size without a licence. Those not requiring any licence include:
- harvestable right dams (i.e. small dams to collect rainfall runoff)
- dams built before 1999 used only for stock and domestic purposes
- dams up to one megalitre on small properties where the property was approved for subdivision before 1 January 1999.
Any other types of dams may require a licence. The type of licence required depends on whether the water comes from a source governed by a water-sharing plan. Water-sharing plans have rules for sharing water between environmental needs and the users.
The Department of Primary Industries Water (DPI Water) issues licences and has a range of useful information about building dams in NSW.
For more information about dams and water licences, contact Department of Primary Industries Water (DPI Water).
By phone: 1800 353 104
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org