Need Help Completing Your Existing Use Groundwater Licensing Application by Deadline of March 1, 2022


The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries is offering free in-person workshops to help agricultural producers with online applications for existing groundwater use licences. If you have been using groundwater for non-domestic purposes, such as irrigation, commercial (including livestock watering) or industrial use, before March 1, 2016, you have less than 2 months remaining to apply before the deadline of March 1, 2022. Secure your historical water rights and apply before the deadline.

If you wish to have a workshop held in your community, please email or

You will be able to complete your licence application at the workshop if you bring the following items:

  1. Bring your laptop
  2. Get a Basic BCeID number before the workshop:
  3. Bring your BC property assessment notice (that has the PID and legal description of your ranch)
  4. Scan or take a photo of your well construction report and save it onto your laptop. You may also be able to download it from this link:
  5. Scan or take a photo of an owners’ agreement letter (if there is more than one owner registered on title).