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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 for the Year Ending Dec. 31, 2014 (TCEQ-2014 Water Use Report Instructions) (Word or PDF).

Report of Surface Water Used for the Year Ending Dec. 31, 2014 (TCEQ-2014 Water Use Report Form) (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)

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