• Welcome to
    My-WARMA Portal
    The portal allows you to create an account and apply for surface and ground water permits online. You can also track the status of your application online.
  • About
    As a statutory body under the WRM Act No. 21 of 2011 WARMA is tasked to effectively manage Zambia’s water resources, be it surface water or groundwater and not only in terms of quantity but quality as well.


Water permitting is one of the management instruments for allocating water resources to water users in Zambia. According to the Water Resources Management Act No. 21 of 2011 (Sections 70, 71 and 72) the use of water from any water resource, except for domestic and non-commercial purposes, requires a permit or authorization.

You need a water permit for the following actions:

  1. Abstractions (surface water or groundwater) > 10,000 litres/day for domestic purposes and >20,000 litres/day for agricultural purposes
  2. Impounding water (off-channel dam)
  3. Impeding water (weir, on-channel dam, barrage)
  4. Altering a water resource (draining wetland or restoration)
  5. Variation of permit
  6. Using a river or lake for navigation or recreation purposes
  7. Obtaining an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and endorsement by ZEMA
  8. Obtaining a mining licence with endorsement by Director of Mines

No. You need a permit for each of the actions above. You can apply for multiple permits.

Applying for a water permit is easy and can be done online

  1. Create an account if you don't have one
  2. Login to your account
  3. Apply for a permit. You can apply for than one permit
  4. Settle the generated invoices by depositing money in the bank account indicated
  5. Attach your proof of payment to the generated invoice
  6. Download the certificate your permit

You monitor the progress of your application at any time by using the track application feature

Water Permit Application Process

Account Registration

Register your account. Click here to register.

Application Submission

Submit your application for a permit. Click here to submit your application.


Clear your due invoices by depositing money in the bank

Permit Ready

Permit is ready and certificate available for download and printing




Planned to be operationalized 2019


Planned to be operationalized 2019

Registration is free and easy!

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Having an account will allow you to apply for water permits and manage your accounts and permits online. You will also have access to other features of the My-WARMA portal which are ony available to registered users.

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