Green Adelaide is responsible for management of water resources in the Adelaide metropolitan area (view map of area).
This includes overseeing the implementation of the new Adelaide Plains Water Allocation Plan. This plan details the rules around licensing, allocation and management of groundwater and wells.
We also manage activities that may impact local watercourses in the greater metropolitan Adelaide area through issuing water affecting activity permits.
Our responsibility to these 2 tasks forms part of the Landscape Act SA 2019. It also contributes to our goal of protecting Adelaide’s water resources to help preserve these essential resources and to protect the ecosystems and wildlife that call them home.
Some activities can have adverse impacts on the health and condition of Adelaide’s water and the ecosystems that depend on them, as well as on other water users.
So if you are planning to build a structure or carry out an activity that may impact on a surface water resource or a watercourse this is what we call a water affecting activity and you may need to apply for a permit.
Water affecting activities include:
To apply for a permit, follow these 3 steps:
It is recommended that you apply for a water affecting activity permit at least 2 months before you intend to start the activity.
It will take a maximum of 40 business days for your permit application assessment.