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
Licence to Take and Use Groundwater and Operate Works TU1 (271kB)
2. Apply to renew your existing licence
Renew a Licence to Take and Use Groundwater and Operate Works GWR1 (266kB)
3. Transfer an existing licence from another landowner
Permanent or temporary transfer of water for a take and use licence TU3 (358kB)
Transfer of licence ownership on the sale of land TOL1 (234kB)
If you no longer need your ‘take and use’ licence, you can surrender it:
Surrender a licence to take and use water and operate works TU4 (217kB)
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.