Legal Searches for Water Related Interests

Legal Searches for Water Related Interests

WaterNSW provides a service to assist customers to identify water related interests held under the Water Management Act 2000 for specific parcels of land.

These searches are usually undertaken by solicitors acting on behalf of a purchaser to:

  • identify any approvals granted under the Water Management Act 2000 which may be associated with the property to be included in the sale and therefore transferred on settlement
  • assist the prospective purchaser to evaluate the property as a commercial enterprise
  • identify any charges or restrictions associated with the approvals if these entitlements are to be transferred to the new landholder.

Apply for a search for water related interests

To request a search for water related interests held under the Water Management Act 2000:

1. Complete the Application for a search for water-related interests form (PDF, 124.26 KB)

2. Pay the application fee identified in the following table of fees by either:

  • phoning WaterNSW on 1300 662 077 and providing your credit card details or
  • enclosing a cheque for the application fee, made out to WaterNSW, when posting the hard copy application form.

An application will not be processed until the application fee has been received by WaterNSW.

Fees for a water related interest inquiry vary depending on the processing timeframe you require, as listed in the following table.

Fees for a water related interest enquiry

Processing option Fees for searches of up to 20 land lots (inclusive of GST) Fees for searches of up to 20 additional land lots on the same application form (inclusive of GST)
Normal processing
(within 10 working days)
$160.00 $45.00
Priority processing*
(within five working days)
$241.00 $67.00
Urgent processing*
(within 24 hours on a business day)
$321.00 $88.00

* If you require priority or urgent processing of the application, email the completed form and pay the application fee by phoning us with your credit card details.

3. Submit the completed and signed application form by:

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