To use groundwater for irrigation or other commercial purposes, you must have a ‘take and use’ licence.
How to apply
To get a ‘take and use’ licence you can either:
1. Apply for a new licence
2. Apply to renew your existing licence
3. Transfer an existing licence from another landowner
If you no longer need your ‘take and use’ licence, you can surrender it:
In the interests of the environment, the community and fairness, it's important for people to follow the rules regarding taking and using rural water.
Many people taking and using rural water illegally may not realise they're doing so. It's essential that you, as a rural water user, understand your rights and obligations concerning our water resources.
Water costs vary depending on a number of factors and can change from year to year.