Publications Home || Browse by topic || Browse by program || Ecology website

Publication Summary

Our Ecology website has changed, which can cause broken links.
To report these, please contact us with the publication and broken link.


Focus on: The Groundwater Permit Exemption

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
19-11-090November 2019April 2023
VIEW NOW Focus on: The Groundwater Permit Exemption (Number of pages: 4) (Publication Size: 504KB)

Trouble viewing? Try these free options.
Author(s) Sessions, Carrie
Description In general, pumping groundwater from a well requires a water right permit unless it falls under the groundwater permit exemption. State law (RCW 90.44.050) allows the use of permit-exempt withdrawals for four specific purposes.
Learn more in this publication.
The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment. To help us meet that goal, please consider the environment before you print or request a copy.

ADA Accessibility
The Department of Ecology is committed to providing people with disabilities access to information and services by meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Washington State Policy #188.
Visit Ecology’s website for more information.
Contact Water Resources Program at 360-407-6872
Keywords permit exemption, water right permit, permit exempt wells
WEB PAGE Groundwater permit exemption

DRAFT WRIA 1 Nooksack area adjudication claim forms for Comment period

Focus on New Groundwater Uses: The Groundwater Permit Exemption (RCW 90.44.050)