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DWR > Ground Water > Well Permitting > Commercial Wells

For Commercial well usage, please follow the guidelines below. If you have further questions, please call the Ground Water Information Desk at (303) 866-3587, open 9am-4pm Monday - Friday.

        Within a Designated Basin:

Small Capacity Commercial Wells. Please use forms GWS-45, GWS-58 AND GWS-61. All three forms must be submitted to process a small capacity commercial well application within the Designated Basins. Please refer to the Rules for Small Capacity Well Permits in Designated Ground Water Basins and Policy 94-4: Small Capacity Commercial Wells for Confined Animal Feeding Operations, Designated Ground Water Basins for more information.

Large Capacity Commercial Wells. Please use form GWS-45 and provide supporting documentation for the proposed acre-foot amount. Form GWS-61 may be used as a template. These types of wells may require a replacement plan pursuant to 37-90-107(5), C.R.S., and Designated Basin Rule 5.6.

Outside Designated Basins:

"Commercial-Exempt" Wells. For limited use (drinking and sanitary only), it may be possible to obtain a "commercial-exempt" well permit. Please use forms GWS-45 AND GWS-57. Both forms must be submitted to process a small capacity commercial well application outside Designated Basins. Please refer to Policy 90-1: Recording and Permitting of Existing Commercial Wells Pursuant to Subsection 37-90-602(5), C.R.S., outside of Designated Basins and the Policy Concerning the Evaluation of Well Permit Applications for Exempt Commercial Uses for more information.

Non-Exempt Commercial Wells. Please use form GWS-45 and provide supporting documentation for the proposed acre-foot amount. Form GWS-57 may be used as a template. These types of wells may require an augmentation plan. Please refer to The Beginner’s Guide to Augmentation Plans for Wells.