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Water Rights: Permits

The use of surface water in Texas is regulated through a system of water rights. Learn more about these rights, how to obtain them, and applications under review.

Am I Regulated?

Water Rights in Texas

Information about water rights and how state water is regulated.

Applications for Water Rights and Ownership Changes

Applications and Forms Related to Surface Water Rights

Learn what you need to do to get permission to use state water, or to amend or change the ownership of an existing water right.

  • Pending Water Right Applications
    List of pending water rights applications; links by basin, to pending water rights applications that are not administratively complete; and a list of all water rights applications with final actions taken by the TCEQ.

Water Rights and Water Use Data

Water Rights and Water Use Data

Data files that contain information on water rights, amounts of water appropriated, ownership, and annual water use.

Submitting Your Annual Water Use Report

Water Rights Permits: Annual Water Use Reporting

Learn about the annual requirement to submit the amount of surface water you used in a calendar year.

How Do I Get Involved? Water Rights Advisory Group

Water Rights Advisory Work Group

Advisory group concerned with water rights permitting issues in Texas. Upcoming and past meetings.