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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a business owner, home owner or resident obtain a permit to construct, repair, or plug and abandon a well?

No. A Florida licensed water well contractor must apply for the permit.

I need to construct a well. Is a permit required?

Yes, a well construction permit is required to construct a well. A Florida licensed water well contractor must apply for the permit before construction  begins, and should provide the owner with a copy of the permit.

I need to repair an existing well. Is a permit required?

Yes, a well construction permit is required to repair a well. A Florida licensed water well contractor must apply for the permit before construction begins and should provide the owner with a copy of the permit.

Do I need a permit to install or repair the pump and/or electrical controls used for my well?

No, pumps and associated piping and electrical service are not considered part of the well and a permit from the District is not required to install or repair a pump and the associated piping.  However, you should check with your local code enforcement to see if you need a plumbing or electrical permit.

Do I need a permit to install, repair, or replace the water tank associated with my well?

No, water tanks and associated piping are not considered part of the well and a permit from the District to install, repair, or replace a water tank is not a requirement. However, you should check with your local code enforcement to see if you need a plumbing or electrical permit.

Do soil borings require a permit from the District?

Any boring installed with the sole intent to collect soil samples does not require a permit from the District.

How do I submit a complaint regarding construction, repair or abandonment of wells?

You can contact the Regulatory Services Division at (850) 539-5999 or email us at wps@nwfwater.com. To submit a complaint, click on the following link: Submit a Complaint

Do soil borings used to collect water samples require a permit from the District?

Yes, any boring installed with the intent to collect a water sample will be considered a monitor well or a temporary monitor well and shall require a construction permit and, in the case of temporary points, an abandonment permit from the District.

I need to plug and abandon a well. Is a permit required?

Yes. All abandoned wells must be properly plugged. A permit must be obtained from the District and the work must be completed by a Florida licensed water well contractor

How can I find out about the well on my property?

Water well contractors are required to submit a well completion report for all wells. These reports are available from the District.

My well was drilled before 1980. How do I find out how deep it is?

The District has partial records of well constructions from 1976-1980 and may have information relating to your well. The District does not have any permit records for wells constructed prior to 1976.

Do I need a water use permit to withdraw water from my well?

It depends. All wells, except domestic use wells, are required to have a water use permit. If size and quantity of water used fall under certain thresholds, the well may qualify for a general water use permit by rule when registered/permitted with the District. Wells exceeding these thresholds will require an individual water use permit. The water use permit must be issued before the construction permit for a new well can be issued by District staff. Please visit the District's Water Use Permitting webpage for more information.

I want to put in an irrigation well at my business. What kind of permits do I need?

You will need a Well Construction Permit. In addition, you may need an Individual Water Use Permit. The District will make this determination when evaluating the well construction permit application. A permit to construct a well must be obtained by a Florida licensed water well contractor before construction begins and the contractor should provide the owner with a copy of the permit.

Where do I get a water use permit?

Please visit the District's Water Use Permitting webpage for more information.

What is the cost of a Well Construction Permit?

Please see the fee schedule.