Regulations & Permits

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We oversee many state and federal laws designed to protect Washington's land, air, and water. See our laws, rules, & rulemaking page for more information about our current rules and rulemaking.

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Regulations & Permits

Use this portal to filter and search for all of our regulatory information.

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We oversee many state and federal laws designed to protect Washington's land, air, and water. See our laws, rules, & rulemaking page for more information about our current rules and rulemaking.

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Dam construction & modification guidance
We provide guidance and technical notes for dam construction and modification.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Dam-construction-modification-guidance
Dam operation & maintenance guidance
We provide guidance to assist dam owners with operations and maintenance.
https://ecology.wa.gov/programs/wr/dams/GuidanceDocs.html
Metering technical information
Find out about meter types, technical requirements, vendors, and installers.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Metering
Municipal water law
We help regulate municipal water suppliers to ensure a safe and reliable drinking water supply.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Municipal-Water-Law
Water metering reporting
You can report your water meter use data using our online reporting system.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Reporting-requirements/Water-metering-reporting
Well construction reporting & well report gateway
Resource protection well reports can be submitted online.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Reporting-requirements/Well-construction-reporting
Water use compliance and enforcement
Enforcing water use laws reduces conflict among competing water users and protects the resource.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Compliance-enforcement/Water-use-compliance
Well construction notice of intent
Before you drill a well, you must submit a notice of intent to us 72 hours before drilling starts.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Reporting-requirements/well-construction-notice-of-intent
Water rights search guidance
Water right records can be searched on a map-based water right database.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Water-rights-search
Well construction & licensing system
Search for notices of intent, licensed drillers, or drilling companies.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Well-construction-licensing-system
Well report (log) viewer
Search for wells and view availabile well reports (logs).
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Well-report-gateway
Columbia River water use compliance
Our watermaster seeks to ensure water is legally available when out-of-stream users and the environment need it.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Compliance-enforcement/Water-use-compliance/Columbia-River-water-use-compliance
Water rights and dam safety policies, procedures & guidance
Policies, procedures & guidance guide our water right and dam safety work
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Plans-policies/Water-rights-dam-safety-policies-procedures-guidan
Changes to existing water rights
If you want to change to an existing water right, we recommend a pre-application consultation.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Permits-certifications/Water-right-permits/Changes-to-existing-water-rights
Online tool: Well Construction (login required)
(SAW account required)
https://ecology.wa.gov/Asset-Collections/Link-Assets/Water-supply/Well-Construction
Online tool: Water use reporting (login required)
Review your metering account and submit your metering data (log-in required).
https://ecology.wa.gov/Asset-Collections/Link-Assets/Water-supply/Water-use-reporting
Online tool: Water Right Tracking System - Contractor Gateway
(log-in required)
https://ecology.wa.gov/Asset-Collections/Link-Assets/Water-supply/Water-Right-Tracking-System-Contractor-Gateway
Online tool: Well Construction and Licensing System
Search Ecology well records including: Notice of Intent to Construct or Decommission a well and state licensed well operators and drilling companies.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Asset-Collections/Link-Assets/Water-supply/Well-Construction-and-Licensing-System
Online tool: Ecology's Well Report Gateway (login required)
Log in to submit a well report to our database.
https://ecology.wa.gov/Asset-Collections/Link-Assets/Water-supply/Ecology-s-Well-Report-Gateway
Online tool: Water Right Tracking System (login required)
(SAW account required)
https://ecology.wa.gov/Asset-Collections/Link-Assets/Water-supply/Water-Right-Tracking-System
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