Borewell Water Boring and Drilling - Bore Construction Licence Information

Can I put my own bore in?

No, it is illegal to put a bore in without using a licenced driller in Victoria. Bore drilling is a highly skilled profession, requiring specifically built machinery for the process. You must engage a Licenced Driller; there are three categories of Drilling Licenses described below:

  • Class 1 Licence:  Only allows the driller to drill shallow bores, usually to around 10 metres or slightly deeper and single aquifer (water bearing strata).
  • Class 2 Licence:  This classification of licence allows the driller to drill multiple aquifers to medium depths and can usually accommodate most basic bore hole construction requirements.
  • Class 3 Licence:  Is the highest classification of licence attainment and reflects that the driller is highly skilled and able to drill to deep depths and through multiple aquifers. The driller is able to identify various geological sequences and identify substandard layers of water and isolate them with various techniques.  A Class 3 Licence holder is able to deal with Artesian water and control the great pressures encountered.


How do I choose the right driller?

Research and references are a good place to start.  Choosing the right driller to perform the works is one of the most important decisions in the whole process.  Installing a bore is not usually carried out to sort out a water shortage issue for one year, it shall be utilized for many years to come.  Careful planning and selection of the right driller is paramount in the process.  At times, highly skilled, reputable bore drillers have a back log of work and cannot be a prompt as they would like to be, this should not be the reason to go and employ a second rate driller.


Can I get a bore?

Yes, it is the land holder's Constitutional right to access bore water for Stock and Domestic purposes. Stock and Domestic bores are not metered for water use.

For a commercial water bore, it is best to contact the governing authority e.g. Southern Rural Water for detailed information about groundwater licence allocations for commercial use.


Bore Licences:

Before a bore can be drilled, you will need a Works Licence.  These are obtained from Southern Rural Water (for bores in Southern Victoria) and valid for 12 months.


Bore Construction Licences applications can now be submitted online and approved almost instantly. Online licence applications cost $235.00 (credit card payments only).

To apply online, please click on the link:

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Paper licences can still be submitted, but at a higher cost of $440.00. 

Use the "Download" link to obtain a paper Licence Application and other information below.

N.B. You will also need to provide a copy of your property title to send with your paper Licence Application. You can apply for one online and have it emailed to you, please see the Landata contact information below.


Title Description Modified Date
Constructing a bore factsheet Guidelines for constructing a bore 27/10/2014 Download

Licence application - Stock and Domestic

Southern Rural Water Bore Construction Licence Application 07/02/2015 Download
SRW Bore Construction Licence fees SRW fee schedule current to 30 June 2016 01/7/2015 Download
Domestic and Stock water Fact Sheet Southern Rural Water Domestic and Stock water Fact Sheet 27/3/2013 Download


Landata - Title and Property Certificates


Paper Bore Construction Licence applications require a copy of the property title to be sent with the application (N.B. Online applications do not require this).  If you don't already have a copy of your property title, you can obtain one at Landata: Your title will be emailed to you within a few minutes.  Just print it out and attach it to your Licence Application form.

(Please note small fee of approximately $17.00 for this document - price current as of 2015).


Bore Construction Licences

A Bore Construction Licence is valid for 12 months and must be obtained for any water bore of a depth greater than three metres.  To download a Bore Construction Licence, fee schedule and fact sheet click here. For any further information please visit Southern Rural Water's website.

Contact Us


Phone: Romano Grande:  0408 102 051  Ron Gleeson: 0417 056 854


Drillers: Romano Grande:

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