This Fact Sheet explains how the extraction of water is regulated, and the laws governing how water can be used. It discusses the framework regulating the construction and use of works such as dams, weirs, pumps, drains and pipes, and the rules about how activities on or near water sources in NSW are permitted to be carried out. It discusses water management plans, water access licences, environmental flows, and water trading. It also identifies the relevant decision-makers and enforcement authorities.
This Fact Sheet will be useful for people who want to know how water use is regulated, landholders who want approval for water use or for the construction of work to enable water use, and landholders who want to understand the regulatory regime relating to water use in NSW.