A Well Construction Permit is required prior to installation of a water well within the District. The permits ensure that wells are constructed by qualified contractors and meet rigid safety and durability standards.
Take the Quality of Water Improvement Program (QWIP) Survey
QWIP provides funding assistance to landowners to properly plug abandoned and deteriorating artesian wells. The District wants to know about your experiences with QWIP and your feedback will be used to help identify opportunities for improvement.
The survey is quick, easy and all responses are anonymous. Just click here to take the survey.
The rules in Chapter 40D-3, F.A.C. govern the construction of water wells and water well contractor licensing, and implement the provisions of Part III of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes. These rules are adopted to ensure that all water wells within the District are located, constructed, maintained, used, and abandoned in a manner that protects the water resources.
Local agencies in Manatee, Sarasota, and Marion counties issue well construction permits within their respective county boundaries. If required, a Water Use Permit must first be obtained from the District before these agencies can issue a Well Construction Permit. Contact the Manatee Environmental Management Department, Sarasota County Health Department, or Marion County Health Department for more information.
Find a Well Contractor
To find licensed water well contractors in the District, please visit this page »
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Publications Incorporated by Reference
- Water Well Contractors in the District (Renewed License 2021-2023)
- FDEP Water Well Contractor’s Clearinghouse
- Florida Water Well Contractors Continuing Education Program (12 CEUs are required for licensing)
- Hydrologic Framework of the SWFWMD (Bulletin 68, Florida Geological Survey)
- Regional Evaluation of the Hydrogeologic Framework, Hydraulic Properties, and Chemical Characteristics of the Intermediate Aquifer System Underlying Southern West-Central Florida, USGS, 2006
- NGWA Well Owner Website
- EPA: What to Do With Your Private Well After a Flood
Supplemental GIS Viewers
- GIS VIEWER: Access Map Gallery
- GIS VIEWER: Geohydrologic Data Monitor-Well Sites Viewer
- GIS VIEWER: Depth Below Land Surface to Contact Between Permeable Portion of Intermediate Aquifer System and Upper Floridian Aquifer
- GIS VIEWER: Sarasota County Utilities
- GIS VIEWER: City of Venice Utilities
- GIS VIEWER: District Reclaimed Water Map