Permits and licences
Water licence and permit forms
Download forms for prescribed water resources areas for the McLaren Vale PWA or Western Mount Lofty Ranges below, and apply using the instructions on the forms.
To apply for an activity relating to wells, well driller's licences, notations of interest, using effluent or imported water and general meter testing, please use a statewide form.
Find out whether you need to apply for a water licence or permit.
For water licence enquiries:
relating to the McLaren Vale PWA or Western Mount Lofty Ranges PWRA – 08 8463 6876
For water affecting activity permits enquiries:
- relating to the construction or enlargement of dams or structures to collect or divert water - 08 8391 7500
- relating to a watercourse (e.g. construction activities such as culverts, crossings, bridges and fences, depositing fill and rocks, removal of vegetation etc) – 08 8391 7500
- relating to wells (e.g. drilling, backfilling, repairing, replacing etc.) – 08 8735 1134
Permits and licences are required for the following water resources areas because they are covered by a Water Allocation Plan (WAP). A WAP is a legal document that sets out the rules for managing the take and use of prescribed water resources areas to ensure resource sustainability. Find out more information about what a WAP is and why they are important.
A water use year runs from 1 July to 30 June in the following calendar year. Water allocation transfers must be submitted by close of business 30 June of the required water use year.
The water allocation transfer application requires information about your well(s). To check your details visit the Groundwater Data System.
Your application will be assessed against the general principles contained in Section 6 of the water allocation plan.
Find out more about the McLaren Vale water allocation plan.
Western Mount Lofty Ranges
- Water licences and/or water allocations can be either temporarily or permanently transferred. All transfer applications must be in accordance with the rules set out in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges Water Allocation Plan. Find out more information about water trading/transfers within the Western Mount Lofty Ranges.
- A key consideration when lodging an application to transfer groundwater allocation should be the capacity to allow for additional allocations within a groundwater management zone. The transfer of allocation must not result in the extraction limit for the receiving management zone to be exceeded (or further exceeded). Confirm the demand by viewing the latest map of the Groundwater Management Zone Allocation Status.