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How to comply

If you are a water user, it is your responsibility to make sure you follow the rules about taking, using and managing water.

NRAR will work with you to ensure you have all the information you need to understand how to become and remain compliant.

If you have a licence or approval to take water or undertake works near a water source, it is important you understand your responsibilities before you undertake any works or take any water.

In this section, you will find information about how to comply with water take and management rules.

Apply for a licence or approvals.

Water metering

Find out which water licence and water supply work approvals require you to use a meter to measure how much water you take.

Water metering

NRAR’s role in SSD and SSI applications

Learn more about NRAR’s role in state significant development and state significant infrastructure in NSW.

Which water regulation body should I speak to?

Find out which aspects of water regulation we cover, and where to find the answer to your specific enquiry.


Fact sheets and FAQs

Find fact sheets and answers to our most frequently asked questions about compliance to help you understand your obligation.

Factsheets and faqs

E-tools to help yourself

NRAR has developed an interactive web-based compliance tool to help water users understand their water-use obligations and make complying

eTools to help yourself

What to expect if NRAR contacts me

NRAR can contact you for different reasons and we will always explain clearly why we are getting in touch or visiting your property.

What to expect if NRAR contacts me

What happens if I don't comply?

Learn more about NRAR’s responses to non-compliance, and how sanctions are determined.

How we respond to breaches of the law