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Water permit - bores

A water permit - bores may be required to take or use bore water. Water permits are commonly needed for taking and using ground water for purposes such as irrigation.

What you need to include in your water permit - bore application

  • The location of your drill site and total property area.
  • A map reference in New Zealand Transverse Mercator (NZTM) format.
  • A locality plan or aerial photo at 1.500 scale.
  • Details of the agent, consultant or drilling contractor.
  • Details about how the water will be used.
  • Estimated quantities of water to be taken (maximum daily quantity cubic metres per day and annual quantity cubic metres per year).
  • The number of proposed bores (with separate sheets if there are multiple bores showing the site locations and map references).
  • A site plan including the location of:
    • the proposed bore or well
    • all bores within 200m of the drilling site
    • where the water is to be used
    • existing and proposed underground services, including public drains in close proximity to bore site
    • land use within 50m of drilling site
    • road frontage and names
    • septic tanks, offal pits, potential contaminated sites or waste disposal areas within 150m of the proposed bore or well.
  • The proposed construction details including:
    • bore diameter (casing diameter)
    • bore depth
    • casing depth
    • casing materials
    • depth to top of screen
    • depth to bottom of screen
    • screen materials
    • proposed grouting length.
  • The predominant geology (aquifer) into which the bore will be screened.
  • Information on alternative water sources available (if applicable).
  • Any information if the proposed bore is in:
    • an area known to have flowing or artesian characteristics
    • reasonable proximity of archaeological or cultural features, aspects of significance to Māori or tangata whenua, natural heritage features, geological features, or features with significant natural heritage or conservation values
    • a wetlands management area (as identified in schedule one of the Auckland Council Regional Plan: Air, Land and Water).

How to apply online for a bore water permit

We only accept online applications for a  bore water permit. If you are unable to apply digitally, visit one of our service centres for assistance in making your online application.


​Apply for a water permit - bore


If there is no way to provide digital copies of your plans or documents, visit one of our service centres. Our staff will accept your documents for an additional charge. The charge covers costs involved with us scanning your documents into our digital consent system.

Call us on 09 301 0101 to speak with our building and planning help desk if you have questions regarding your application.


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