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Water Permits

Water Permit Process Chart (185 kb)


Water Permitting Process Flyer (936 kb)


Conditional Water Permit Application Completion Instructions (17 mb)


Permit Status Definitions (42 kb)


Application for Conditional Water Permit (676 kb)

(SWC Form 108) A fillable PDF form is available for download at this link. The completed form must be signed, dated, and mailed. E-mailed copies will not be accepted. The form may also be obtained by contacting the Water Commission by e-mail or at the following address:

North Dakota State Water Commission
ATTN: State Engineer
900 East Boulevard Ave., Dept. 770
Bismarck, ND 58505-0850
Phone: (701) 328-2754


Temporary Water Permit Application (305 kb)

You can file a Temporary Water Permit Application by downloading the attached form or you can use the new secure on-line portal to apply for Temporary Water Permits. This link provides access to our Secure Portal to complete the application on-line and submit the necessary fees to complete the application process.

Policy for Obtaining a Temporary Water Permit for Industrial Use

To facilitate more efficient distribution of water for the oil industry, the State Engineer has developed a new policy granting temporary authorization for holders of existing irrigation water permits to use water for industrial purposes. Click on this link for the policy.

Flow Meter Specs (64 kb)


Telemetry Requirements (394 kb)


Application for Change of Use (65 kb)


Application for Change in Point of Diversion (16 kb)


Domestic, Livestock, Fish & Wildlife or Other Recreational Use Registration Form (100 kb)


Water Permits Database

Provides access to available information for Water Permits that have been issued in North Dakota.