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When the Environment Agency grants a licence to take (abstract) water for the first time, it is likely to be for between 6 and 18 years. When we renew a licence it will normally be for another 12 years.
In certain circumstances, the Environment Agency will consider granting licences with a longer duration time limit as long as you meet certain conditions explained in the guidance. We will consider these licences individually and they will last for no longer than 24 years.