Contact the District Before Drilling
All wells in the District must be registered or have a test hole permit or well permit issued by the District
Want to drill a well in the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District? All wells in the District must be registered or have a test hole permit or well permit issued by the District. No water well drilling can begin until the proper documentation and applicable fees have been accepted and approved by the District.
Rig supply wells and domestic and livestock wells incapable of producing over 17.5 gallons per minute (GPM) are considered exempt wells. They are required to be registered, but are exempt from permitting requirements. (Exempt Well Request)
All other wells must request a Well Construction Permit and/or Test Hole Permit. (Well Construction Permit Request & Test Hole Permit Request) Once a permit is signed and all fees paid ($500 for Well Permits, $100 for Test Hole Permits), the District can usually approve and complete the permits within seven (7) business days. A Well Permit is valid for 150 days and a Test Hole Permit is valid for 60 days.
Anyone requesting a Well Permit, Test Hole Permit, Property Line Spacing Easement, Declaration of Groundwater Production Unit or Well Reclassification Form must either be the owner of the groundwater rights or the owners authorized agent. An Agent Authorization Form must be completed, signed in front of a notary and on file in the District office. (Agent Authorization Form)
Do you have questions? Our staff members here at the District would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. If for any reason you need to contact the district, please call our office at 806-935-6401, or e-mail us at email@example.com.