WR253 Long duration water abstraction licences

Guidance on long duration water abstraction licences.


WR-253 Long duration licences - guidance note

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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.

Published 1 September 2010
Last updated 7 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Guidance note updated due to government reform.
  2. First published.