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Applying for a new water abstraction licence for previously exempt abstractions in Wales

In the past, certain abstractors have been exempt from needing a licence to take water.

To allow us to manage water resources effectively and fairly, these exemptions have been removed and most abstractions now need licensing. 

How do I know if this applies to me

You must apply for a new water abstraction licence if you have abstracted more than 20 cubic metres (4,400 gallons) per day of water at any time between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2017. For more information visit: Natural Resources Wales.   

What are the benefits of applying for a licence now

  • you will benefit from a temporary streamlined application process designed to make applications cheaper and easier for most
  • you are likely to be able to continue to take water as you have done in the past
  • you give Natural Resources Wales time to discuss your application and advise you of any issues that you may need to consider. 

If you don’t apply for a licence, you may lose your right to abstract water as you have done in the past and be subject to legal action.

When do I need to do this

The application window opened on 1 January 2018 and Natural Resources Wales are encouraging abstractors to submit applications as early as possible to allow time to discuss your application and advise you of any issues that you may need to consider.

Please visit Natural Resources Wales’ website to find out more.  If you have any questions about what you need to do to apply please contact Natural Resources Wales at: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk or by phone on 0300 065 3000.