Blog Post #22 – Existing Well Water Users

Do you use well-water for irrigation or commercial purposes?

In response to public feedback on the application process for existing groundwater users, government is extending the exemption of the one-time application fee until March 1, 2019.

This extension will allow more BC groundwater users (who were using water on or before February 29, 2016) to save a minimum of $250 on their licence application while government continues to make the application process simpler and easier for everyone.

Groundwater licensing gives BC’s businesses greater security by providing legal protection to your right to use the water for beneficial purposes.  Licensing establishes your right, and provides fairness and clear rules for managing conflicts between water users during times of water scarcity. Licensing provides government with the information it needs to ensure our common resource is managed sustainably.

If your business currently uses groundwater, apply for a licence before March 1, 2019 to ensure your water rights are established and protected now and in the future.

For more information, visit FrontCounter BC at: to start a groundwater application, or contact FrontCounter BC staff at 1-877-855-3222 for assistance with the online application process.