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DWR > Ground Water > Well Permitting > Residential or Household Use

These rules apply to Residential with lawn/garden irrigation and domestic animal/livestock watering.  Some parcels of land in the state may obtain a limited supply of water for residential dwellings and some lawn/garden irrigation and watering of domestic animals/livestock.

These uses may be available if:

  1. The parcel of land where the well will be located is 35 acres or larger and is not included in a court approved plan for augmentation, and
  2. The well be the only well on the parcel.
  3. Or, if the proposed well will be located within the boundaries of a Designated Ground Water Basin (there are 8 of these located on the eastern plains of Colorado) or the Denver Basin (the Denver Basin corridor extends along the front range from just north of Colorado Springs to Greeley and east to Limon).
  4. Or, if the proposed well will not be located in an overappropriated stream system drainage (most areas of the state are overappropriated, only a few limited areas located on the western slope are not considered overappropriated at this time).
  5. Or, if the proposed well will be located in an area included in a water court approved plan for augmentation that provides for outside uses of water.

The availability of any well permit is subject to review and evaluation of an application by this office in accordance with applicable statutes, rules, and regulations. No guarantee is given that any permit can be issued until review by this office is complete.

Form GWS-44 may be used to apply for residential uses.

For further information, please contact the Ground Water Information Desk at (303) 866-3587 between the hours of 9AM - 4PM, Monday through Friday or submit your questions regarding the permitting process online anytime through AskDWR.

If submitting an application electronically, please visit the Online Form Submittal webpage.

Residential Household Use Only

Many parcels of land in the state can obtain a limited supply of water for use inside their residential dwelling only (no outside uses allowed).

The household use only limitation may apply if:

  1. You are constructing a new well, and 
  2. The parcel of land is less than 35 acres and is not included in a court approved plan for augmentation, and
  3. The proposed new well will be the only well on the parcel.

Note: If you are not in an overappropriated river or stream system drainage (most areas of the state are overappropriated), or if you are inside the boundaries of a Designated Ground Water Basin (there are 8 of these located in the eastern plains of Colorado) or the Denver Basin (the Denver Basin corridor extends along the front range from just north of Colorado Springs to Greeley and east to Limon), you may be able to obtain a well permit for greater domestic uses (see General Residential Applications above).

For further information, please contact the Ground Water Information Desk at (303) 866-3587 between the hours of 9AM - 4PM, Monday through Friday or submit your questions regarding the permitting process online anytime through AskDWR.

If submitting an application electronically, please visit the Online Form Submittal webpage.