The BD Water Trading platform is the tool that connects buyers and sellers for water licences in different water resources across WA.
Negotiate freely and anonymously to get the water licence trade for the allocation and price of your choice.
Search for your property address and find only the licences that you are allowed to purchase, for the different aquifers physically available.
Ensure you are complying with Department of Water and Environmental Regulation guidelines.
The easiest way to list your water licence for sale, in a platform tailored to trade licences.
Advertise without any fees or commitment. The only costs you will incur are the Trade Application fees, once you secure a water licence.
You can use our platform completely free of charge to:
Using the BD Water Trading platform, you will have full control of the price and allocation you sell or buy your water licence for.
You can negotiate directly with other users and find the trade that suits you, by mutually agreeing on the trade rate, knowing all associated costs prior to any commitment.
Once you agree on a water trading rate and allocation (price and quantity), our team of experts in Water Licence Trading in WA will help you and take care of the entire application process.
We complete all the necessary paperwork, gather additional documents, and interface with DWER for the whole trading process.
Know that you are buying a licence suitable for your property, or selling to someone who's allowed to purchase it.
Water licence trading is only allowed within the same water resource, that is, the groundwater sub-area and aquifer. We have prepared our water licence to only display listings available for your property.
You have full authority of any decisions regarding your water licence sale or purchase, up to the point where you commit and agree on a trading rate.
WA is constantly changing the regulations around water licence trading. We keep on top of those, due to our volume of trades and ongoing communication with DWER.
You only need to define the water trading price and quantity you want, and then we'll handle all the bureaucracy and paperwork on your behalf.
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In short - yes, if you have a water licence for more than 10,000 kL/a, and want to keep your full allocation (if you're not fully utilising your allocation, licence trading allows you to sell part or your full licence - more info on Licence Trading).
In some cases smaller allocations will also require a meter. Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has / will notify licensees where applicable.
Since 31 December 2020, all licences for 10,000 kL + require meters to have been installed on all drawpoints. If you have not installed a meter yet, please contact us or another provider ASAP.
Traditionally you’ll need to find a buyer/seller in the same water resource you’re allowed to trade with, and offer to buy/sell part or the full allocation. Using our platform, Water Manager, you can list licences for sale or find licences available to purchase on your exact property.
A water allocation can be transferred to an existing or a new licence. This water can then be relocated and used for different purposes.
Both parties have to fill our a licence transfer form and submit it yothe Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. The trade will then go through due diligence with DWER, which usually takes multiple months before approved.
The process will look at the following:
Alternatively, you can talk to us. You can let us find you a buyer/seller for your trade, handle all the paperwork according to the current regulations and guidelines, and interface on your behalf with DWER. We will take care of the whole process.
We make water licensing simple.
No. BD Water is a private business and we do not represent the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. BD Water owns Water Manager, which is also independent from DWER.
All information we provide is our own interpretation of their documentation and if unsure please confirm with DWER directly.
Not with anyone.
You are only allowed to trade water within the same water resource. A water resource is the combination of groundwater area and sub-area & aquifer.
You can check what water resource your property is in, and which licences are available for purchase on your property, via Water Manager. Our platform makes it easy to find buyers or sellers, and you can be sure you are trading with parties you are allowed to.
The majority of areas and aquifers are over allocated, meaning there is more water being extracted from the ground then there is replenishing the supply (via rainfall). This means no more new licences are being issued, certainly not around the denser areas of Perth.
There are some cases where a temporary allocation may be issued but this is generally reserved for construction works or emergency situations.
Generally, the only option for getting an allocation is to trade it with someone else. More info about water trading on Water Manager.
You can call us to discuss your situation, we can help you decipher if you are eligible for a new licence, or advise you of your options.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation started regulating the water use in WA because, simply put, we’re taking more water out of the ground than what’s going back in. This results in water levels dropping.
A groundwater licence is one of the ways DWER monitors and manages the amount of water being abstracted.
Water licences allow their holders to take more groundwater that the unlicensed standard amount to irrigate 1/2 an acre (2000 square meters).
More info about the licence management on Water Manager.