Changes to Water Abstraction Licencing

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From 1st January 2018, the law around water abstraction licencing exemptions has changed and abstractions for certain purposes and within certain geographical areas will no longer be exempt from requiring an abstraction licence from Natural Resources Wales (NRW).  Most previously exempt abstractions over 20 cubic metres per day, including all types of irrigation, will require a licence. 

The application window for abstractors to apply for licences to bring exempt abstractions into licencing opened on 1st January 2018 and will close on 31st December 2019.  NRW recommend that applicants apply for a licence before September 2019 to allow a three month period to check, acknowledge and address any issues with the application.  NRW will then have a three year period to 31 December 2022 to determine the licence application during which time you can continue to abstract at the same quantities you abstracted between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2017. 

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Last edited: 14:20 on April 17, 2019

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