Water abstraction returns
How to complete a water abstraction return and deadlines for returns.
Most abstraction licences will ask you to submit a record of your actual abstraction to the Environment Agency (known as ‘returns’). Even if you haven’t taken any water, you must submit a nil return if your licence states that you must report your water use.
How to complete your water abstraction return
You can complete your returns in 1 of 2 ways:
- completing a paper form supplied by the Environment Agency
- using the Generic Operator Returns (GOR) online system
Deadlines for submitting water abstraction returns
|The Environment Agency notifies you to complete a return||Deadline to submit your return|
|end of March||28 April|
|end of October||28 November|
Submit paper form
If you are not registered for online submission the Environment Agency will send you a form when your return is due and guidance on how to complete the form. The form is pre-populated with details about your abstraction licence.
If you have registered to submit your return using GOR the Environment Agency will send you an email when your return is due. The web screen and GOR spreadsheet online options are pre-populated by the Environment Agency with details about your abstraction licence.
If you have not registered to submit your return online you will need to contact the Environment Agency so they can set up your login details. Telephone: 03708 506 506 (call charges).
Water abstraction returns - web screen guidance
You can submit your water abstraction return by completing the GOR web screens.
Water abstraction returns: spreadsheet guidance
You can download the spreadsheet to compile and upload your return. You will also need to refer to the meter manufacturer used drop down list values and method of non meter assessment drop down list values.
Water abstraction returns: XML schema
Use this XML schema, technical note and guidance to generate your own XML file and submit your return online. You will also need to refer to the meter manufacturer used drop down list values and method of non meter assessment drop down list values.