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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I find more information about water data?

    CDSS Online Tools search tools display water data.

  • 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.

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  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Can I collect rainwater on residential properties?

    The Rainwater Collection folder contains documents explaining the conditions where this is allowed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    An online guide to submitting ground water data 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 in the Dam Safety Forms folder.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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. For more Map Viewer FAQ's, see the