Abstracting water: a guide to getting your licence

Gives a brief outline why Environment Agency abstraction licences are necessary, when you need one and how to apply for one.


Abstracting water - A guide to getting your licence

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If you want to remove or abstract water from a surface source (such as river, stream or canal) or from an underground source and take more than 20 cubic metres (approximately 4,400 gallons) a day, you will almost certainly need an abstraction licence.

This leaflet explains why and when licences are needed and how to apply for one. It also includes contact details.

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Published 17 February 2014