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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I find more information about rulemaking groups and advisory committees for water?

    Go to Rulemaking Groups and Advisory Committees to learn more about Advisory Committees.

  • Where can I find more information about water data?

    CDSS Online Tools search for water data. Water data information can also be found here.

  • Where can I find more information about water data?

    CDSS Online Tools search for water data. Water data information can also be found here.

  • I want to use my well for lawn and garden, domestic animals, a subdivision, or some other project. Where do I start?

    The Beginner's Guide to Augmentation Plans For Wells will help you get started.

  • When is the next Board of Examiners Meeting?

    The next meeting is posted on the BOE home page.

  • When is the next Board of Examiners Meeting?

    The next meeting is posted on the BOE home page.

  • I'm new to the area. Where do I find a driller?

    For a list of drillers, see the Licensed Contractors page to search by City, Company, Last Name, or License Number.

  • Who are the members of the Board of Examiners?

    The Board Information, including Board Members, is found here.

  • Where can I find contact information for Dam Safety?

    Dam Safety Engineers are listed by their home Division Office.

  • Where are the Denver Basin Aquifers?

    You can see a map of the aquifers here.

  • Who can withdraw water from the Denver Basin?

    A landowner or a party with proper consent. For more information, click here.

  • Where can I find water documents and forms?

    Please visit Documents and Forms.

  • What are the water-related House and Senate Bills?

    Water legislation listed by year can be found on the Legislation page.

  • What are the water-related House and Senate Bills?

    Water legislation listed by year can be found on the Legislation page.

  • Can I use MapViewer on my cell phone?

    Yes, MapViewer is HTML 5 compatible. So, it works on cell phones and tablets. It will even use your device’s GPS to locate you in the software.

  • Where can I find Policies and Guidelines?

    You can find policies and guidelines on the Policies and Guidelines page of our website.

  • What are the ground water measurement rules?

    You can find these by going to the Tributary Water Use and Measurement Rules page.

  • Where can I find a list of Interstate Compacts?

    A list of available Interstate Compact PDFs is available here.

  • What types of positions are available at DWR?

    The DWR Jobs page can be found here.

  • What types of positions are available at DWR?

    The DWR Jobs page can be found here.

  • Who do I contact for Hydrography and Satellite Monitoring?

    Staff contact details are available at Hydrography and Satellite Monitoring Contacts.

  • Where can I find Colorado Decision Support Systems (CDSS) tools?

    CDSS tools can be found at CDSS Online Tools Dashboard.

  • Where can I find Colorado Decision Support Systems (CDSS) tools?

    CDSS tools can be found at CDSS Online Tools Dashboard.

  • What are the rules for Produced Nontributary Ground Water?

    A list of rulemaking, petitions, submittal process, and more can be found on the home page here.

  • Is precipitation collection allowed on residential properties?

    Rainwater Collection explains the conditions where this is allowed.

  • Where are the River Basin rules?

    The Tributary Water Use and Measurement Rules page lists these by division.

  • I need to research well permit records. Can someone help me?

    There are many options available by going to Records Research.

  • What is required in the SEO pre-hearing statement?

    Please review The Non-Lawyers’ Guide to Hearings before the State Engineer.

  • What does the Division of Water Resources do?

    The Guide to Colorado Well Permits, Water Rights, and Water Administration can help you with this.

  • What does the Division of Water Resources do?

    The Guide to Colorado Well Permits, Water Rights, and Water Administration can help you with this.

  • Where can I search for a well permit?

    CDSS Online Tools has an extensive well permit search. Click here.

  • How do I change the owner of a well?

    You can learn how to change the owner of a well here.

  • I can't find what I need. How do I make a suggestion?

    For website issues or suggestions, please submit this form.

  • Where can I find more information about well contractor licensing?

    The CWWCA website offers information on education, searching members, becoming a member, and more.

  • How can I find water rights transactions?

    You can use CDSS Online Tools Water Rights - Transactions search tool.

  • How can I find water rights transactions?

    You can use CDSS Online Tools Water Rights - Transactions search tool.

  • What are the BOE rules around Title 37?

    Title 37 and other BOE rulemaking can be found here.

  • I need to submit ground water data. Where do I start?

    An online guide to submitting ground water data can be found here.

  • Where can I find out more about Republican River Basin Rules?

    Rules and policies for Division 1: Republican River Basin can be found here.

  • How can I find groundwater level data by address?

    CDSS Online Tools allows you to search by many options. Simply go to the Groundwater - Water Levels search page.

  • Where can I find current designated basin rules?

    Rulemaking amendments for designated basins can be found here.

  • How do I review comments for the well measurement program standard?

    You can find this under quick links on the Tributary Water Use and Measurement Rules page.

  • Where do I submit a well construction variance request?

    You can find a reference to the form on the Variances, Waivers, and Notifications page.

  • How do I submit a log waiver request?

    You can find a reference to the form on the Variances, Waivers, and Notifications page.

  • Where can I find Rules and Regulations?

    You can find rules and regulations by visiting the Rules and Regulations page of our website.

  • I am looking for streamflow data by year. Where can I find it?

    The reports can be found on the Streamflow Report page.

  • How do I file a complaint against a contractor?

    Follow the Complaint Process & Procedure document.

  • Who do I contact if I have questions about the Board of Examiners (BOE)?

    Contact the Chief Well Inspector for any questions about the BOE.

  • How do I Prepare For a Hearing Before the Ground Water Commission?

    See the white paper The Non-Lawyers' Guide to Hearings before the Colorado Ground Water Commission.

  • Where can I find Dam Safety Application Forms?

    Dam Safety Forms can be found on the Dam Safety Forms page.

  • Where can I find Dam Safety Application Forms?

    Dam Safety Forms can be found on the Dam Safety Forms page.

  • Where is the Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR) located?

    Please visit our Contact Pages for the Denver Office location as well as locations throughout the state (Listed by City and River Basin).

  • What information do I need to know in order to find a well permit?

    The permit number is the preferred search to find a well permit. Otherwise, a complete legal description and history of ownership on the property is needed.

  • Where can I get the Section, Township, and Range or legal description for my property?

    Look up your property address with the County Tax Assessor to obtain your full legal description.

  • How can I get a copy of a well permit on your website?

    Use DWR's Well Permit Search Tool.

  • How far back do your well permit records go?

    Well permit records include all water wells drilled after 5/8/1972. They also include many wells that were late registered that were in use prior to that timeframe. Through the process of property sales and well replacement applications more of these historic wells are becoming registered in our records.

  • How can I obtain Water Rights Ownership Information?

    The Division of Water Resources does not require that ownership or transfers of ownership of water rights or shares in ditches be submitted to our office and we are not aware of any general requirement that this information be recorded as a public record. As a result, the Division of Water Resources does not have ownership information for water rights or ditch shares.

  • How do I contact Water Court?

    Contact information for each Divisional water court is accessed by selecting a Water Division from the By Division options in the Colorado State Judicial Branch's Water Courtst section.

  • Is there a list of publications available from your office?

    Available publications can be found on the Publication and Media Guide.

  • Is there a list of publications available from your office?

    Available publications can be found on the Publication and Media Guide.

  • Where can I find information on Hemp, Cannabis and Marijuana, related to water usage in Colorado?

    Visit the Well Permitting Page and review the section for Cannabis Water Use Information to see related help documents.

  • What can I do with that spring on my property?

    The Guide to Colorado Well Permits, Water Rights, and Water Administration can help you with this.

  • How do I register an existing unpermitted well?

    You can learn how to register an existing well here.