Lower Platte South
Natural Resources District
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Well Permits


The process you follow to obtain a well permit depends on how much water the well needs to pump and the location of the proposed well. The District's Ground Water Reservoirs map will be useful in this process.

Anyone wanting to construct a new or replacement well in one of the District's ground water reservoirs that pumps more than 50 gallons per minute (gpm) must obtain a well permit from the District before they begin construction.

Anyone wanting to construct a new or replacement well in the Remaining Area of the District that pumps more than 20 gpm must obtain a permit before starting construction. There are a few exceptions to these rules. Wells drilled to pump 50 gpm or less that are to be used for human consumption (domestic wells), fire control, sanitation or to water livestock do not require a permit from the District.

A non-refundable $50 filing fee ($250 late premit fee) is required with each permit application. Once a correctly completed application is received, District staff conduct a site visit to identify the GPS location of the proposed well the applicant has previously staked out. Once preliminary approval of the permit is given, the applicant has one year to construct the well and collect the required water quality tests and/or conduct the required aquifer test necessary to receive final approval by the District.

All newly permitted wells are required to have a water meter installed before using the well and you must annually report water usage to the District. To put it simply: If you need a well permit, you also need a water meter installed before using the well.

Certification of irrigated acres may also be required before irrigating.