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Colorado Well Water Permits

By Gina Gamma, December 30, 2009

It is all about water in Colorado! Most folks have heard there is something special about our water laws, and because of this, they assume they need water rights in order to get a well permit. Not so! It is NOT mandatory that you have water rights in order to get a well permit.  Water rights are only necessary if you are planning on irrigating the land for something like a cash generating crop. They are rare, and if you can even find them, very expensive. Sometimes more than the land itself!

Also, if you are dreaming about maybe wanting a horse, a cow, perhaps chickens, or alpacas, a large garden, or maybe just want to plant some trees on that bare property you got for a song… then you only need make sure you have a minimum of 35 acres. This allows you to apply for a domestic well permit. Even if you don’t want livestock of any kind, this type of well, allows you to use water outside your home. Less than 35 acres and you are restricted to in house use only. Like everything in life, there are special circumstances to this rule. Perhaps being grandfathered prior to the law being adapted in the 70s, or a developer that has an augmented water plan allowing smaller tracts, or even a municipal water system. Visit the above link for the details.

Guide to Colorado Well Permits, Water Rights, And Water Administration
(provided by the state of Colorado Department of Natural Resources Division of Water Resources)

Gina Gamma, Colorado Mountain Land Realty, Inc.
Gina Gamma
Owner Managing Broker
Colorado Mountain Land Realty Inc


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