Works on waterways
Waterway information and advice
The CMA is committed to protecting and enhancing waterway health.
The conduct of works on or near a designated waterway require a licence from the CMA.
We provide the community with waterway information and advice.
This may relate to the conduct of proposed works or processes that may affect waterway health.
We can issue licences for the conduct of works on designated waterways.
Wanting to do works on a waterway?
How much does it cost?
Each of the following services costs $165.33 (inc GST):
- Works on Waterways Licence (per work site)
- Works on Waterways Licence amendment, renewal or transfer
- Works on Waterways Advice
- Final inspection fee (mandatory for high risk works)
- Priority Service (pending availability – please contact us to confirm)
Do I need a licence?
The CMA is Waterway Manager for this region and has the following functions:
- Protecting and enhancing waterway health
- Designation of waterways
- Managing and issuing licences for certain works or activities on a designated waterway
Works and activities on or near a designated waterway require a licence from the CMA. Works and activities can include:
- Building a crossing – culverts, bridge or ford
- Connecting to a waterway by pipe or drain
- Building a jetty
- Cleaning out the waterway – removing weeds and silt
Dams and rural water use are licensed through Southern Rural Water in our region.
Water quality issues including pollution of a waterway are reportable to the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria.
What is a designated waterway?
Designated waterways are declared by the CMA through publicly gazetted processes. This process was undertaken by Glenelg Hopkins CMA in 2001.
Waterways Licence or Advice Application
Are there other approvals I also need to obtain before commencing works?
Yes there may be other approvals required. Please refer to the Works on Waterways Guidance note.
How long until I receive the advice or licence?
A response will be supplied to you within 25 working days of receipt of payment for service
As the Floodplain Management Authority, we aim maintain the natural functions of floodplains and waterways and minimise the risks flooding poses to life, property and community assets. This is separate to our waterways manager role
Works issue notification
If you are concerned about and would like to report potential works undertaken on a designated waterway without a Works on Waterways Licence, please complete the notification form blow and forward to the Glenelg Hopkins CMA
Waterways data request
Waterways and flood modelling files are available. This is a fee for service product. If you would like to request a copy of flood modelling files or other forms of data from the CMA, please complete the Date Request Form to lodge your request
Rural Drainage Strategy
The 2018 Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy clarifies arrangements for management of Rural Drainage in Victoria. Click the link below for more information.