Notice! This website will be updated to a new and improved design this Tuesday 8/4/2020. At that time, the DWR homepage will automatically redirect visitors to the new site address.(https://dwr.colorado.gov)
In response to the Governor's COVID-19 Stay at Home Order effective March 26, DWR staff are working remotely. Customers should use electronic means to communicate with DWR staff as processing documents received via mail may be delayed. General questions may be submitted through AskDWR or via email to our staff contacts. Applications may be submitted through DWRPermitsOnline@state.co.us and payment processing online is expected to continue.
The Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR), also known as the Office of the State Engineer, administers water rights, issues water well permits, represents Colorado in interstate water compact proceedings, monitors streamflow and water use, approves construction and repair of dams and performs dam safety inspections, issues licenses for well drillers and assures the safe and proper construction of water wells, and maintains numerous databases of Colorado water information. DWR's Mission Statement and Strategic Plan are available here.