Do I Need to License My Well?

Let us help you with that. Licensing and approval requirements vary based on what you use groundwater for. We've provided this flow-chart to help you figure out if you need a groundwater use licence.

What do you use groundwater for?

Licensing and approval requirements vary based on what you use groundwater for.

Learn about "water use purposes" in Section 2 of the BC Water Sustainability Act.

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Domestic

You do not require a licence or an approval; however you are encouraged to register your well logs.

Domestic well owners now have new rights. To help protect these new rights, domestic well owners are encouraged to voluntarily register their well logs with the Ministry of Environment.

Click to access the registration form.

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Other

You may need to apply for a licence or an approval before March 1, 2022.

Will you be using water for longer than 24 months?

 
 
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Yes

You may need to apply for a Water Licence.

Follow our Step-by-Step Application Page.

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No

You may need to apply for a Use Approval.

Use our Step-by-Step Application Page.