Stormwater harvesting licence

​You'll need to apply for a stormwater harvesting licence if you:

  • connect to new or modified stormwater drains, watercourse or open channel controlled by Melbourne Water
  • harvest any quantity of stormwater from a waterway controlled by Melbourne Water or any Melbourne Water asset

Concept application (optional)

A concept application is used to scope out your stormwater harvesting project and ensure that your design is suitable. It also gives us the opportunity to provide advice and support while you prepare your formal application.

Required documents

To apply, you'll need the following information:

  • locality plans, details of stormwater source
  • plans of the development including any storage or treatment
  • photographs of the area affected would also be useful

We will respond within 30 days, and if your application is successful you will receive an ‘in principle letter’.

Formal application (compulsory)

If your concept application is successful or you are confident in your plans and designs, you can make a formal stormwater harvesting application.

Required documents

To formally apply for a stormwater harvesting licence, you'll need:

We will respond to formal applications within 28 days. If your application for a stormwater harvesting licence is successful, you will then need to apply to connect to a stormwater drain:


Send your applications by email or post. 



Diversions Team
Melbourne Water
PO Box 4342
Melbourne VIC 3001

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