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
Job Opening - Ashley Creek Water Commissioner more...
Public Meeting - Proposed Determination Completed - Fort Union - Area 57 Bk 22 more...
Public Meeting Regarding Modification of the Brush Creek Distribution System more...
Public Meeting Re: Increase in Title Fees for Filing a Report of Conveyance more...
Public Meeting - Unclaimed Rights in Provo River, Jordanelle - Area 55 Book 13 more...
Two Public Meetings - Unclaimed Rights in Navajo Nation Subdiv, Area 09 Book 1 more...
Welcome to the Division of Water Rights
Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Utah Division of Water Rights (DWRi) 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.

Governor's Proclamation 2022-01
On November 3, 2022, Governor Spencer Cox issued a proclamation suspending new appropriations of surplus and unappropriated waters in the Great Salt Lake Basin pursuant to Utah Code 73-6-1.

To read the press release from the Governor's office, click here.

To read the proclamation, click here.

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

Our office is closed for Federal and State holidays.

Please use the contact list to make arrangements.


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