At GWMWater, we’re responsible for regulating farm and household dams under the Water Act 1989.
- issuing works licences for some stock and domestic, irrigation and commercial farm dams
- registering irrigation and commercial dams, as well as some household and stock dams
Irrigation and commercial farm dams
An irrigation or commercial farm dam needs to:
- be registered
- and have a surface water 'take and use' licence.
If the dam is on a waterway or is defined as being 'potentially hazardous', it may also need a works licence. For advice on whether you need this licence, call us on 1300 659 961.
For more information about dams
Farm Dam Fact Sheet (960kB)
Your Dam Your Responsibility (1184kB, 90 pages)
Published by Department of Sustainability and Environment
New household and stock dams
Many properties in our region have domestic (household) and stock dams. There was originally no requirement to register these with us, however, laws introduced in 2011 now require the registration of some new or altered dams, depending on the depth of the dam, and location and size of your property.
Download the Domestic and Stock Dam Registration Form (602kB) if you need to register your intent to construct or alter a new dam.
If you're unsure whether you need to register your dam, or apply for a works licence, contact us for advice.