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Water-Right Permits: Annual Water-Use Report

Report forms and guidance for submitting the annual water-use report for holders of water-right permits.

Who needs to submit an annual water-use report?

Holders of water-right permits, issued by the TCEQ, are required to submit a water-use report each year.

As a holder of a water-right permit, you are required to submit a report, even if you did not use any appropriated water.

If you do not use a water-right permit—or use it but not report it—for a period of 10 years, we could cancel it. During the 83rd Legislature, 2013, House Bill 2615 was passed. Effective September 1, 2013, a person who fails to file is liable for a penalty each day in an amount not to exceed:

  • (1) $100 per day for a water right authorizing 5,000 acre-feet or less per year; or
  • (2) $500 per day for a water right authorizing more than 5,000 acre-feet per year.

Where can I get an annual water-use report form?

We mail water-use reports to holders of water-right permits in January of each year. If you have not received your water-use report(s), you may download a copy of the form(s) using the following links:

Instructions for completing Report of Surface Water Used in the Colorado River Basin for the Year Ending Dec. 31, 2013 (TCEQ-10613_instructions_coloradoriverbasin) (Word or PDF). Cover letter to all water right holders in the Colorado River Basin (PDF).

Report of Surface Water Used for the Year in the Colorado River Basin for the Year Ending Dec. 31, 2013 (TCEQ-10613_2013 ColoradoRiverBasin)  (Word or PDF).

Instructions for Completing Report of Surface Water Used for the Year Ending Dec. 31, 2013 (TCEQ-2013 Water Use Report Instructions) (Word or PDF). Cover letter to all water right holders. (PDF).

Report of Surface Water Used for the Year Ending Dec. 31, 2013 (TCEQ-2013 Water Use Report Form) (Word or PDF)

Report of Surface Water Used for the Year Ending Dec. 31, 2012 (TCEQ-10316) (Word or PDF). Instructions for Completing Report of Surface Water Used for the Year Ending Dec. 31, 2012 (TCEQ-10316_Instructions) (Word or PDF)

 

When are reports due?

Water-use reports are due on March 1 of each year. You may be subject to a fine for non-reporting.

Where do I send my report?

Mail completed forms to the Water Rights Permitting Team at the address below.

Water Use Reports may be submitted electronically by emailing a completed PDF version of the form to the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality at: Water Right Permits Annual Water Use Report .

What do I need to do if I have sold property with a water right?

Contact the Water Rights Permitting Team at 512-239-4691.

What steps do I need to take if I have purchased or obtained property with a water right?

The new owner must:

    • complete a Change of Ownership Form (TCEQ-10204) (Word or PDF),
    • provide copies of deed(s),
    • provide copies of a will, probate order, and will inventory (in the case of inheritance),
    • pay a $100 fee, and
    • mail these items to the address below.

Who should I notify if I no longer use my water right?

If you would like to cancel your water-right permit, complete the Voluntary Abandonment of Water Right Form (TCEQ-10200) (Word or PDF) and mail it to the address below.

Where can I find more information about these requirements?

The Texas Water Code outlines the annual reporting requirements for holders of water-right permits as well as the penalties for failing to follow the law.

Where can I find additional information?

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Water Rights Permitting Team

Phone: 512-239-4691
E-mail: wras@tceq.texas.gov

Mailing Address:

Water Rights Permitting - MC 160
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087
Austin TX 78711-3087

Small Business and Local Government Assistance Section

Phone: 800-447-2827
E-mail: sbap@tceq.texas.gov
Also find us on the Web at TexasEnviroHelp.org.