How do I change my address on the Division of Water Right Records?
Click here to view instructions for changing your address with the Division of Water Rights. more...
How can I sign up to receive email notifications for water rights?
Click here to view the complete instructions for receiving notifications. more...
I want to build a house and need a well. What do I need to do?
You must have a water right to divert and use water in the State of Utah. Water well drillers are licensed and cannot drill a well unless permission to drill has been obtained from the State Engineer. more...
I understand I need to buy a water right. How do I go about it?
Water rights are classified as “real property” in the state of Utah and are bought and sold much like real estate. Many real estate agencies will have listings for water rights much as they do for properties. more...
How do I know if a water right I’m thinking about buying is a “good one”?
Some issues you should be particularly aware of when persuing the purchase of a water right are verification of ownership and water use. more...

Current Issues
2/4/2015 Proof of Beneficial Use Training for Licensed Engineers and Surveyors more...
Public Meeting February 4, 2015, Red Butte Creek Proposed Determination more...
Proof Training for Professionals more...
Goshen Valley Public Meeting December 2, 2014 more...
Public Meeting November 18, 2014, Taylor Flat Proposed Determination (5 Bk 3) more...
Public Meeting, July 15, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Priority call on the Virgin River more...
Welcome to the Division of Water Rights

The Utah Division of Water Rights (DWRi), led by the State Engineer - Kent L. Jones, P.E., is an agency of Utah State Government within the Department of Natural Resources that administers the appropriation and distribution of the State's valuable water resources.

The mission of the Division of Water Rights is to provide
order and certainty in the beneficial use of Utah's water.
Water Rights Certification
The Utah Division of Water Rights and the Rural Water Association of Utah would like to announce a new certification program, tailored for water professionals, focused on the intricacies of
Utah’s water right laws and regulations.

This training will be held April 27 - 28, 2015 at the
Utah Division of Water Rights office in Salt Lake City.
Click for more information.

Office Hours
The Division of Water Rights office hours are from
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

We strongly recommend that you make an appointment if you need to come into the office for assistance.


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2015 Legislature

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legislative items
related to
water and irrigation.

Policies by Water Right Area
Locate Water Right Policies by an interactive map.

Click here for details.