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Do You Need a Permit to Drill a Water Well?

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repairing wells throughout Utah and Wyoming.
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As you prepare drill a new water well, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. The well drilling process may be quite unfamiliar, so professional contractors expect homeowners to need more information.

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Here at Mike Zimmerman Well Service, our Z-Team is happy to field questions about water wells. We’re often asked if a permit is necessary to drill a private well. The answer? Probably – here’s what you need to know.

New Water Well Construction Permits

Some private wells that are constructed to a final depth of less than 30 feet may not need to be permitted in Utah.

But, many wells must go down further than 30 feet to reach the groundwater. So, if you live in Utah, you’ll probably need a permit to drill a water well.

Many other states, including Wyoming, require a permit for the construction of any well used to supply water.

Complying with Water Well Construction Standards

Every state has minimum standards that must be met when drilling water wells. These regulations, which pertain to well placement and construction methods, are intended to help prevent groundwater contamination.

Generally speaking, the responsibility for complying with state standards lies with both the well owner and the drilling contractor.

As the private well owner, it’s your job to hire a licensed professional contractor. In Utah and Wyoming, construction must be completed by licensed well driller – unless you’re doing the work yourself on your own property. In that case, you might be exempt from this rule. But, you’ll still need to meet the minimum construction standards.

If any violations are found with a private well, the drilling and well operation may be shut down until they are in compliance. But, if you have a professional well driller handle the project, you won’t have to worry about that. You can trust licensed drilling contractors – like the Z-Team – to comply with all of the state standards for well construction.

Worried About Cutting Through the Red Tape?

Before you drill a new water well, you’ll need to be familiar with your state’s regulations. And, since guidelines can also vary by municipality, you’ll need to know about any regional rules.

Don’t have time for a lot of research and paper shuffling? No problem – just make sure to hire a professional well drilling contractor with experience in your region. A local well driller will have up-to-date knowledge of the area’s regulations. So, they can easily cut through all of the red tape to get your new well up and running.

With over 30 years of experience serving Utah and Wyoming, the friendly, expert Z-Team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC know exactly what it takes to drill a new water well. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact our Salt Lake City office today.