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Water Use Permitting

Do I need a water use permit from the OWRB?

If you intend to use water for any purpose other than domestic use, Oklahoma law requires that you obtain a permit from the OWRB. Domestic use includes the use of water for household purposes, for farm and domestic animals up to the normal grazing capacity of the land, and for the irrigation of land not exceeding a total of three acres in area for the growing of gardens, orchards, and lawns. Domestic use also includes water used for agricultural purposes by natural individuals, use for fire protection, and use by non-household entities for drinking water, restrooms, and watering of lawns, provided such uses don't exceed five acre-feet per year.

How do I apply for a long-term water use permit?

To apply for a long-term permit to use water, you must submit a Long-Term Application for Groundwater Use or a Long-Term Application for Surface Water Use (both found on our forms page) to our office. The applications must be notarized. Application forms may be submitted in person, by mail, e-mail, or fax. Please also submit the following with the completed application:

  • For all applications the appropriate application filing fee, by check only, must be received by the Board before review of the application can commence. Filing fees are listed in the upper right hand corner of the application. If the filing fee is submitted separately from the application form, please ensure that enough identifying information is noted on the check to associate it with the application, including "Applicant Name(s)", "Stream Water" or "Groundwater", and possibly the legal description of property(s) listed on the application.
  • An application for groundwater use must be submitted with documents showing an interest in the surface of the land dedicated, or ownership of the groundwater rights. These may be deeds, leases, or other legal documents, but may not be tax documents.
  • An application for stream water use is not required to be submitted with land ownership documents, but please be aware that we may request them during the application process and that documents showing that the applicant has access to the diversion point must be received before water use can begin. If they are available, these documents shall be submitted with the application. These may be deeds, leases, or other legal documents, but may not be tax documents.

If you have any questions while completing the forms, please contact the Permitting Section at 405-530-8800.

How do I apply for a 90-Day Permit?

The forms for 90-Day Provisional Temporary applications to use both surface water and groundwater can be found on our forms page. 90-day PTs may also be submitted online using the Oklahoma Water Resources Board's Online Provisional Temporary Permitting System. You must first create an account by clicking "Request Account" on the left sidebar.

All PTs must be submitted with either proof of ownership or written permission from the landowners to access the diversion points of stream water or to access wells and use groundwater.

If you have any questions while completing the forms, please contact the Permitting Section at 405-530-8800.

How much are the fees?

Fees vary by type of permit and amount of water requested. Each application lists the applicable filing fees. Long-term applications and some groundwater permit amendments use a sliding scale based upon the amount of water being requested to determine the correct fee. The fee for 90-Day Provisional Temporary permits is $200, or $250 for expedited processing.

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