The shift from conventional water management to a water sensitive city is one which requires significant change in cultures, technical approaches, principles of urban design, and governance approaches. Policy can be a powerful tool for effecting change during this transition, setting standards and regulatory requirements across many areas, influencing the local, city or regional scale change. Large-scale change also requires significant capacity building and support, which is where structured programs can provide incentives and supportive resources to facilitate leadership from the communities, industries and governments.

Governance and policy includes information on high-level frameworks and guidance for water resource management. It also includes information on current governance arrangements in different jurisdictions. This topic is related to Regulation and legislation.