Applications for Surface Water Rights and Ownership Changes
- Water Rights Application Process
- Water Right Applications Forms
- Temporary Permits
- Applications for Transfer of Water Rights Ownership
- Voluntary Abandonment
- Application Fees
- Pending Water Right Applications
- For More Information
- Where to Send Applications
Water Rights Application Process
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality evaluates each water right application to determine if it can be granted. This involves a review to ensure:
- the application is administratively complete, with all the information we need to evaluate it (according to Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 295
- technical requirements are met, such as water availability, conservation, and environmental aspects (see 30 TAC 288 297 298
The TCEQ will assign a project manager to coordinate the various technical and legal groups that review the application. This gives you one contact within the agency.
The Water Rights Permitting Team typically processes simple and uncontested applications within 300 days. In some cases, a public notice may be required, or a request for a contested case hearing may be received, which could increase the processing time.
To speed up the process, make sure your application is complete before submitting it. We encourage you to meet with permitting and technical review staff at TCEQ before applying. This helps alert you to potential problems or areas of concern where additional information is needed.
Water Right Application Forms
Use the following form(s) to register the use of state water for special purposes, or to request a water right, or modify an existing one. There may be fees associated with your request. See Application Fees below.
- Water Rights Permit Package Application and Instructions (TCEQ-10214) Word or PDF
- Amendment of Water Rights Permit (TCEQ-10201) Word or PDF
- Application for an Extension of Time to Begin or Complete Construction of an Authorized Project (TCEQ-10203) Word or PDF
- Dry Fire Hydrant Registration Application (TCEQ-10209) Word or PDF
- Mariculture Registration Application (TCEQ-10219) Word or PDF
Application for Temporary Permits
Temporary Permits are typically issued to use surface water for a short period of time.
- 10 Acre-feet or Less and One Calendar Year or Less (TCEQ-20425) Word or PDF Depending on the location of your proposed diversion, these temporary water use applications are processed by either the TCEQ Regional Offices or the Watermaster office for your area.
- More Than 10 Acre-feet or More Than One Calendar Year (TCEQ-10202) Word or PDF Submit these applications for temporary water use permits to the Water Rights Permitting Team.
Application to Transfer Ownership of a Water Right
If you acquire all or part of a water right, or property with an appurtenant water right, submit documentation and a Change of Ownership Form to the address below:
- Change of Ownership Form (TCEQ-10204) Word or PDF
- conveyance documents (deeds, wills)
- $100 application fee, payable to TCEQ
Application for Voluntary Abandonment
If you no longer wish to retain ownership of a water right, and want to relinquish the water right back to the state, submit the following form to the address below. There is no fee for this process.
- Fees may be required for your application. See Application Fees: Word or PDF . No fees are required for Dry Fire Hydrant, Voluntary Abandonment, or Mariculture Registration Applications.
Pending Water Right Applications
Water right applications Excel currently under review by the TCEQ. If you need to find out about the status of your application, see For More Information below.
For More Information
- For more information, to find out about the status of your application, or for help filling out forms, please contact the Water Rights Permitting and Availability Section at 512-239-4691 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to Send Applications
Water Rights Permitting MC-160
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
PO Box 13087
Austin, Texas 78711-3087