Any person intending to construct a water well on land he/she owns, leases, or controls within the District must apply for a permit through the UNWNRD before construction begins. Exemptions include test holes or dewatering wells with an intended use of ninety (90) days or less. Water wells designed and constructed to pump fifty (50) gallons per minute do not require a permit. Most wells for domestic or livestock watering purposes pump less than 50 gallons per minute and therefore do not require permits. However, multiple wells individually pumping less than fifty gallons per minute but collectively pumping more than fifty gallons per minute are considered a single well if they are connected together or otherwise serve a single purpose.UNWNRD WELL PERMIT APPLICATION
As of March 20, 2003, the UNWNRD is not issuing any permits for construction of NEW wells pumping over 50 gallons per minute. For more information, please see the Rules and Regulations.
Nebraska State Law requires that ALL irrigation wells be registered with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources. Domestic and stock wells drilled after September 9, 1993 need to registered as well.
Water well contractors are now responsible for filing the well registration for newly constructed wells within 60 days of well completion. Well owners are responsible for registering existing wells which have not been previously registered. Registration forms are available at DNR's offices or their website.
It is very important for well owners to register their wells for several reasons. New irrigation wells must be drilled at least 600 feet from any existing registered irrigation well under separate ownership. However, if a well is not registered - the owner does not have any legal rights to that well if a spacing dispute occurred. Also, if new ground water management regulations are designated for the UNWNRD, the water rights of unregistered wells would not be recognized. Failure to register a well is a Class IV misdemeanor.
It is also essential that you make sure your registration records are current, including the current well owner and well status. Corrections can be made by submitting a simple form to the NDNR, which is free of charge.
You can check on the status of your well registration online at http://data.dnr.nebraska.gov/wells/Menu.aspx
WELL REGISTRATION DATABASE
The UNWNRD staff will gladly assist you with well registration issues if needed.