Groundwater Exploration and Extraction Permit
What kinds of wells need a permit?
Any high-capacity well, commercial well, or well used as a central water supply system needs a Groundwater Extraction Permit. A high-capacity well supplies more than 4 L/second. Before this permit can be issued, a Groundwater Exploration Permit is required to drill a test well to determine if the desired volume and quality of water is available.
What do I need to do to apply for a permit?
First, you need to fill out and submit an application form for a Groundwater Exploration Permit. Once a Groundwater Exploration Permit has been approved, additional tests and work, as outlined in the permit, must be completed and the results provided to the Department. Only then can a Groundwater Extraction Permit be issued.
What is the process for reviewing my application?
The Department of Communities, Land and Environment will assess the application for a Groundwater Exploration Permit. If the Department does not believe the well will have a major impact on other groundwater users or the environment, a permit will be issued. Once you obtain a Groundwater Exploration Permit, you will be asked to perform testing and assessments as identified by the Department. If test information shows that the well will not have a major impact on other groundwater users or an unacceptable impact on the environment, you will be issued a Groundwater Extraction Permit.
How long will it take to get a permit?
- Groundwater Exploration Permit: You should allow one to six weeks to process your application.
- Groundwater Extraction Permit: After all required testing and assessment information has been provided to the Department, please allow one to ten weeks to process your application.
What is the fee?
There is no fee.
Who can I contact for more information?