Permits and licences
Please note: if your water application form is lodged after 2pm on 18 June 2021 there is no guarantee that the application will be determined in the 2020-2021 year.
Water licence and permit forms
Find out whether you need to apply for a water licence or permit.
Download forms for specific prescribed wells and water resources areas from the list below and apply using the instructions on the forms.
For questions about the forms below phone (08) 8595 2053.
If you are required to meter, the type of meter selected, it’s installation and the way it is maintained must be in accordance with the South Australian Licensed Water Use Meter Policy and Specification. In addition, new metering requirements are being introduced which mean that any meter installed after 1 July 2019 must comply with national metering standards. Further information on the new requirements can be found here.
If you have installed, replaced, moved, repaired or removed a water meter, use this Water Meter Notification Form to provide the details to the department.
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 more information about other water affecting activities within the SA Murray-Darling Basin, including dam works, construction and excavation in and around watercourses, destroying vegetation in and around a watercourse and discharging water into a watercourse.
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.
Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges
Peake, Roby and Sherlock