District Rules Require Registration of All Wells and Permitting of Certain Wells

Before any new well may be drilled or completed it must be registered with the District and receive specific authorization to commence drilling.

New Well – Drilling commenced on or after September 1, 2009.

Existing Well – In existence or drilling commenced prior to September 1, 2009.

New Exempt Wells
New Exempt wells must only be registered and meet spacing and completion requirements to obtain drilling authorization.

To qualify as a New Exempt Well under the Rules of the District the well to be drilled Must: 
(1) meet the tract size and spacing requirements found in Appendix A of the District Rules and:
(A) be equipped so that it is incapable of producing more than 25,000 gallons per 24 hour period.
(B) be drilled on a tract smaller than 10 acres in size with a casing diameter not larger than 5 inch
inside diameter which complies with (A) above.
(2) drilled on a tract of any size which was platted prior to September 1, 2009 and not subsequently
divided into smaller tracts with a casing diameter of not more than 5 inch inside diameter and
incapable of producing more than 25,000 gallons per 24 hour period.
(3) drilled or operated as leachate wells and monitoring wells.

  • Requires Registration
  • Requires Authorization to Drill
  • Do Not Require a Permit
  • Do Not Require a Meter

New Non-Exempt Wells
A new well that does not qualify for the new exempt well status under the rules.

New Non-Exempt wells must be registered; must meet spacing and completion requirements or apply for and obtain a variance; and application must be made for all appropriate permits and authorizations required by the District Rules.

  • Requires Registration
  • Requires Authorization to Drill
  • Requires a Permit to Operate
  • May or May Not Require a Meter

Existing Exempt Well – The operation of an existing well that is equipped so that it is incapable of producing more than 25,000 gallons per 24 hour period (17.36 gallons per minute) regardless of tract size. Leachate Wells and Monitoring Wells

Existing Exempt Wells

  • Require Registration*
  • Do Not Require a Permit
  • Do Not Require a Meter

Existing Non-Exempt Well – Any existing well drilled, completed or equipped so that it is capable of producing more than 25,000 gallons of groundwater per 24-hour period (17.36 gallons per minute) regardless of the use or tract size.

  • Require Registration
  • Require a Permit
  • May or May Not Require a Meter

* Notwithstanding anything within the District Enforcement Policy and Civil Penalty Schedule that may be interpreted to the contrary, the District will not assess any civil penalty, nor otherwise take any enforcement action, for the failure to register an existing, exempt well within the District as otherwise provided for by District Rule 3.1.  However, as also stated in District Rule 3.1(d), the failure of any person to timely register an existing, exempt well within the District constitutes a waiver of all protections against well interference that are established in Chapter 6 of the District Rules until such time as the well becomes registered with the District in a manner that complies with applicable rules.  The failure to timely register an existing, exempt well within the District also waives eligibility for any special notice afforded to registered well owners pursuant to applicable District Rules.