Permits and licences
Water licence and permit forms
Download forms for prescribed water resources areas for the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Northern Adelaide Plains 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.
Note that a new licensing regime is now being rolled out in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges Prescribed Water Resources Area.
If you have questions about the water licences or permits, please phone the relevant number below.
For water licence enquiries:
- relating to the McLaren Vale PWA, Northern Adelaide Plains PWA or Western Mount Lofty Ranges PWRA – 08 8463 6876
- relating to the Barossa PWRA – 08 8595 2053
For water affecting activity enquiries:
- relating to a dam or watercourse (e.g. creating or enlarging a dam; building a structure in a watercourse etc.) – 08 8273 9100
- 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. Refer to the explanatory guide to the water allocation plan for more information.
Find out more about the McLaren Vale water allocation plan.
Northern Adelaide Plains
Western Mount Lofty Ranges
Please note there are currently restrictions in place for some activities in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges. It is recommended that you contact Water Licensing on 08 8463 6876 to confirm the current status of these restrictions.