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Flood work approvals

New flood work approval

Apply for a new flood work approval to build and use structures that affect water flow in rivers, estuaries, lakes, or the distribution of floodwater in times of flood.

Application form

Use these documents to apply for a new flood work approval:

Submit your application

Email your completed application, make sure to include the following:

  • subject title: New Flood Works application—address
  • short email applying for a flood works approval, including your contact details
  • scanned PDF of your completed and signed application form

Submit by email

Email your completed application form and any other documents it requires to waterlicensing.servicedesk@dpie.nsw.gov.au.


The department charges fees to cover the cost of assessing applications relating to flood work approvals. The application fee that applies depends on the type of application and whether advertising is required.

Approval typeLodgement feeAdditional fee (if applicable)
New approval$916.96$311.28 required for advertising
$2,675.64 required for technical referral

Download the flood works fees and charges fact sheet (PDF. 78KB)

*Fees and assessment times

*To find more information about related fees and applications visit the Fees and application forms page.

See the Assessment timeframes. page to find out how long your application will take.

Paying for your application

After we have accepted your application form, an officer from the department will call you to finalise your payment. You can pay the application fee by credit card or direct deposit.

See links to all application forms and fee schedules

Contact us

For information about whether an exemption applies to your proposed activity, contact us at waterlicensing.servicedesk@dpie.nsw.gov.au

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