Well Construction and Operator's License
What is the Purpose of this License?
A Well Operator's License is required for all construction and decommissioning activities for these categories of wells:
Who issues this License?
Department of Ecology
What Activities Require this License?
A drilling license is required for all drilling activities for all types of wells including:
How Much Will this License Cost?
New applicants $75 for each type of license.
Where Can I Get the Application for this License?
The application which is called 'Well Construction Operator's License Application', is online and can be downloaded at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/biblio/ecy050121a.html.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
To apply for a new well operator license, applicants must pass a written exam and possibly an on-site field exam.
Is the Decision on my License Dependent on Anything Besides the Information in my Application?
License dependencies vary. Please contact Mary Lynum in Water Resources at 360-407-6650 for more information.
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?License applications are reviewed and a written response to the applicant is made within two weeks of receipt.
Where do I Submit my Application?
Applications must be mailed to:
How Long is my License Valid?
Licenses must be renewed every 2 years prior to the renewal date. If a well operator license is not renewed by the renewal date, the license is expired and you may not construct or decommission wells. Trainee licenses are not renewable, but may receive a one-time extension of up to 24 months.
What is the Appeal Process for the License?
An applicant or any interested party may appeal a decision by Ecology to issue or deny a permit to the Pollution Control Hearings Board.
Notes / Comments:None.
Water Resources Program
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
Telephone: (360) 407-6872
Fax: (360) 407-7162
* Permit information last updated 12/12/2012.
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