Regulatory documents

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) has implemented a Policy Framework initiative to classify all documents across our business areas into a clear and structured document hierarchy and governance model.

This framework distinguishes between documents that specify:

  • mandatory requirements
  • those that provide high level departmental policy positions
  • other documents that provide procedural guidance or information on technical and legal matters and the work of the department.

The Policy Framework page provides further information on how the department and our stakeholders should apply our documents based on where they sit in the framework's hierarchy.

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As part of this project, the department is also reviewing its suite of documents to determine which documents should be updated in the future to better align the content into the hierarchy.

The following tables list our industry regulation, native vegetation regulation and water regulation policy, guideline, and procedure documents, based on where they fit into the hierarchy.

Policy Documents
Industry Regulation Native Vegetation Clearing Water
Regulatory best practice principles Regulatory best practice principles Regulatory best practice principles
Compliance and Enforcement Policy (DRAFT) Compliance and Enforcement Policy (DRAFT) Compliance and Enforcement Policy (DRAFT)
    Policy: Managing unlicensed groundwater use
    Operational policy 1.01 Managed aquifer recharge in Western Australia
    Policy: Giving an undertaking to grant a water licence or permit
    Policy: Use of operating strategies in the water licensing process
    Policy on accessing the Leederville and Yarragadee Aquifers in Perth
    Policy: Water entitlement transactions for Western Australia
    Policy: Management of unused licensed water entitlements
    Policy: Timely submission of required further information
    Operational policy 5.12 – Hydrogeological reporting associated with a groundwater well licence
    Policy: Water conservation / efficiency plans
    Operational Policy 5.10 – Managing breaches of the RIWI Act on watercourses in WA.
    Policy: Measuring the taking of water
    Policy: Use of mine dewatering surplus
    Operational policy 5.01 – Managing water reserved for use by drinking water service providers
    Statewide Policy No. 3: Policy statement on water sharing
    Policy: Section 5C licence tenure
Guideline Documents
Industry Regulation Native Vegetation Clearing Water
Fact Sheet: Regulatory Services Fact Sheet: Regulatory Services Fact Sheet: Regulatory Services
Guidance Statement: Regulatory Principles Guide 1: A guide to the exemptions and regulations for clearing native vegetation Guideline for groundwater monitoring in the onshore petroleum and geothermal industry
Guidance Statement: Publication of Annual Audit Compliance Reports Guide 2: A guide to the assessment of applications to clear native vegetation Guideline for the approval of non-drinking water systems in Western Australia urban developments
Fact Sheet: Calculation of Fee Refund – Withdrawn Applications Guide 3: A guide to burning under the native vegetation clearing provisions Guidelines for water meter installation
Guidance Statement: Setting Conditions Guide 4: A guide to the exemptions for clearing native vegetation for maintenance in existing transport corridors Western Australian water in mining guideline
Guideline: Industry Regulation Guide to Licensing A guide to grazing of native vegetation FAQ 1: Proclaimed areas and water licensing in Western Australia
Guidance Statement: Continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS) Code for stationary source air emissions Guide 6: A guide to native vegetation clearing processes under the assessment bilateral agreement FAQ 2: Applying for different types of water licences and permits
Guidance Statement: Licence Duration A guide to preparing revegetation plans for clearing permits FAQ 3: Amendments, renewals and obligations of being a licence or permit holder
Guidance Statement: Environmental Standards Clearing of native vegetation – offsets procedure FAQ 5: Directions, making submissions and complaints about the taking of water
Guideline: Decision Making Fact Sheet: Native vegetation clearing frequently asked questions Proposed guidelines for treating acid drain water in the Avon catchment, Western Australia: adapting acid mine drainage treatment systems for saline acidic drains
Guidance Statement: Risk Assessments Fact Sheet: How to apply for a permit to clear Supplementary information for permit applications to interfere with bed or banks of watercourses
Guideline: Port Authority bulk handling trials Fact Sheet 1: Native vegetation clearing legislation in Western Australia Community bores
Guideline: Asbestos in construction and demolition recycling Fact Sheet 4: Complying with your permit to clear native vegetation Regulatory Standard 001: Stamp duty requirements for water licensing
Guideline: Odour emissions Fact Sheet 5: Mining and petroleum activities Guideline for the approval of non-drinking water systems in Western Australia – Urban developments
Western Australian Guidelines for Biosolids Management Fact Sheet 7: Clearing previously cleared land, grazing on and management of pastoral leases and pastoral lands board requirements  
Landfill waste classifications and waste definitions 1996 Fact Sheet 8: Clearing in controlled catchments  
Fact Sheet: Industry Regulation fees Fact Sheet 9: Clearing limited to five hectare a year (limited clearing exemptions)  
Guidance Statement: Environmental Siting Fact Sheet 11: Environmental offsets for native vegetation clearing permits  
Fact Sheet: Cattle feedlot Fact Sheet 12: Information for purpose permit holders  
Fact Sheet: Intensive piggery Fact Sheet 13: Information for maintaining existing transport corridors  
Fact Sheet: Mineral sands mining Fact Sheet 14: Clearing under State Agreements  
Fact Sheet: Coal mining Fact Sheet 15: Forestry on private property  
Fact Sheet: Abattoir Fact Sheet 16: Risk-based assessment of clearing permit applications  
Fact Sheet: Animal feed manufacturing Fact Sheet 17: Vegetation Conservation Notices  
Fact Sheet: Asphalt manufacturing Fact Sheet 18: Have you been hired to clear native vegetation?  
Fact Sheet: Beverage manufacturing Fact Sheet 20: Clearing for fire protection (Building Protection Zones)  
Fact Sheet: Bitumen manufacturing Fact Sheet 21: Monitoring vegetation change using remote sensing  
Fact Sheet: Regulation of natural shale gas from shale and tight rocks Fact Sheet 22: Assessment of Aboriginal heritage values for native vegetation clearing applications  
Fact Sheet: Amendments to the EP Regulations – clean fill and uncontaminated fill Fact Sheet 23: Native title and native vegetation clearing applications  
Fact Sheet: Assessing whether material is waste Fact Sheet 24: Environmentally Sensitive Areas  
Fact Sheet: Alcoa of Australia Limited – Wagerup Alumina Refinery Fact Sheet 25: Native vegetation clearing processes under the assessment bilateral agreement  
Procedure Documents
Industry Regulation Native Vegetation Clearing Water
Procedure: Prescribed premises works approvals and licences Procedure: Native vegetation clearing permits Procedure: Water licences and permits
Guideline: Annual Audit Compliance Reports    
Procedure Documents - Application forms and templates
Industry Regulation Native Vegetation Clearing Water
IR-F09 Application form – works approvals, licences, amendments, and registrations NV-F01 Application for a clearing permit (area permit) Form 1 – Application to commence, construct, enlarge, deepen or alter a well
IR-F10 Application form – transfer of works approval or licence; notify of new occupier of registered premises NV-F02 Application for a clearing permit (purpose permit) Form 2 – Information to be provided on completion of a non-artesian well
IR-F11 Application form – surrender of a works approval or licence NV-F03 Credit card payment for DMIRS clearing permit applications Form 2a – Information to be provided on completion of an artesian well
IR-F12 Application for a licence fee refund NV-F04 Application to amend a clearing permit Form 3G – Application for a 5C licence to take groundwater
IR-F14 Annual Audit Compliance Form template NV-F05 Notification of change of land ownership – transfer of area permit Form 3P – Application for a section 11/17/21A permit to interfere with bed and banks
Template: Summary of detailed analysis tools – odour NV-F06 Application to surrender a clearing permit Form 3S – Application for a 5C licence to take surface water
Template: Screening analysis – odour NV-F07 Applications for a clearing permit to be assessed under the EPBC Act Form 4A – Application to enter into an agreement to take water under an existing licence for a limited time
Template: Operational odour analysis   Form 4T – Application for Transfer of Water Entitlement OR Transfer of Water Licence
Template: Odour source analysis   Form 5I – Application for notation, removal or variation of security interest
    Form 6 – Notification licensee no longer eligible to hold a licence
    Form 7 – Statutory Declaration