Dams

​​​​​​Generally all dams, including levees and weirs, are regulated in Tasmania under the Water Management Act 1999 and the Water Management (Safety of Dams) Regulations 2015.

DPIPWE's Water Management and Assessment Branch can provide advice on how to obtain a 'Permit to Undertake Dam Works' which is required to contruct, remove or modify a dam under the Water Management Act and Regulations.

If a member of the public wishes to report a dam safety incident that threatens life or property and it is considered an emergency call 000 and ask for the Police. The Tasmania Police coordinate Dam Emergency responses.

In this Topic

  • Building a Farm Dam
    A new streamlined, risk-based approach for the approval of farm dam construction has been developed by the Tasmanian Government
  • Dam Emergencies
    Steps to follow in the event of a dam emergecny.
  • Dam Safety
    The Water Management Act 1999 ('the Act') and the Water Management (Safety of Dams) Regulations 2015 ('the Regulations') ensure owners of existing dams meet their dam safety responsibilities.
  • Dam Works Codes
    Codes pertaining to Dam Works.
  • Dam Works Permit Guidelines
    These Guidelines provide advice for obtaining a dam permit under the Water Management Act 1999.
  • Dam Works Assessment Decision Framework
    The Dam Works Assessment Decision Framework (the Framework) sets out the parameters for dam works assessment in Tasmania.


Your Regional Water Management Officer can assist with dam queries and issues.

For Dams Works application forms (valid from 1 January 2016 ) see Water Management Forms