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Building Permits and Wells: Changes due to a recent court case (Obsolete)

Publication number Date Published
17-11-001January 2017
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Author(s) Kristin Johnson-Waggoner, Carrie Sessions
Description A recent Washington State Supreme Court decision has changed how counties decide to approve or deny building permits that use wells for a water source.

A reliable, year-round supply of water is necessary for new homes or developments. Before the Oct. 6, 2016, court decision, many counties relied on what the Department of Ecology said about whether year-round water was available in their area.

This court decision changes that – counties now have to make their own decisions about whether there is enough water, physically and legally, to approve a building permit that would rely on a well.

Ecology is providing assistance to counties to help them understand what areas might be affected by the court decision.

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Keywords wells, mitigation, building permits, Hirst, permit exempt wells