Consent to enter Special and Controlled Areas

Consent to enter Special and Controlled Areas

Special Area sign

You must meet all of the assessment criteria to apply for consent to enter the Special and
Controlled Areas.

If you require consent to enter the Special and Controlled Areas beyond Special Areas - restricted entry you need to apply to WaterNSW for written consent. Only a small number of people or organisations each year are granted permission under strict conditions.

WaterNSW will only grant consent to enter these lands for individuals, companies or groups who can show that their proposed activity meets ALL of the below standard assessment criteria and specific criteria for the relevant category:

  1. It is for an activity that cannot be carried out elsewhere 
  2. It is for an activity or purpose that will benefit WaterNSW's management of the Special and Controlled Areas, or provide a broader public benefit 
  3. It will not compromise the integrity, operation or management of any WaterNSW infrastructure or catchment areas 
  4. The activity will not: 

a. lower the quantity of water in the water storages or catchments

b. lower the quality of surface and groundwater inflows to water storages or catchments

c. have a negative impact on the ecological integrity of the Special Areas.

Categories for consent applications

You can apply for consent under any one of the following categories. Follow the links below for information on the specific requirements for each category. 

Minimum requirements for consent applications

As a minimum requirement you must attach to your consent application the following documents:

  1. Map - A detailed map showing the area of the proposed activity.
  2. Safe Work Plan (SWP) - A safe work plan for the type of activity and location, including risk assessments and safe work method statements. This document should reference the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) or Ready Reckoner Checklist (RRC) for the activity, if relevant.
    If you have a contractor undertaking the activity/work for you a copy of the contractors documents are also required.
    The WorkCover NSW website provides information and guidance on how to manage work place risks. A code of practice is also available on their website.
  3. Insurance - A current insurance certificate or certificate of currency covering both public and products liability, professional indemnity.
    If you have a contractor undertaking the activity/work for you a copy of the contractors documents are also required.
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