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The Legislature found and declared that it was in the public interest to provide a timely, efficient, and economic procedure for the acquisition of rights to appropriate water for a small domestic use, including incidental stock watering and irrigation uses, a small irrigation use, and a livestock stockpond use, subject to prior rights. If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate staff contact for your area.

Annual Registration Program Information: The State Water Resources Control Board provides information on an annual basis that summarizes the water appropriated and the availability of unappropriated water for certain stream systems pursuant to the registrations program. The information is available at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/registrations/annual/.

New! Emergency Tank Storage Registration: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in collaboration with the State Water Resources Control Board, has developed an expedited process for applying conditions to Small Domestic Use registrations for diversions that meet certain criteria. Registrations that meet these criteria are known as Emergency Tank Storage Registrations. Please see the Small Domestic Use Registration form for more information.

Small Domestic Use Registration

Small Domestic Use is defined as: “that use is defined by board rule, or use for aesthetic, fire protection, recreational, or fish and wildlife purposes that is associated with a dwelling or other facility for human occupation that does not exceed direct diversion of 4,500 gallons per day or diversion to storage of 10 acre-feet per annum.” (Wat. Code, § 1228.1, subd. (b)(1).)

Small Irrigation Use Registration

Notice: Small Irrigation Use registrations are currently being accepted only for the following methods of diversions and specific categories:

  1. Diversions to offstream storage reservoirs with points of diversion located on Class I, II, or III streams not to exceed 20 acre-feet per annum where the reservoir is existing or proposed for construction within cultivated lands. Water appropriated under this category of Small Irrigation Use may be used for the irrigation, frost protection, or heat control of currently cultivated lands within the area described in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Water Code section 1259.4. Uses may also include incidental aesthetic, fire protection, recreational, or fish and wildlife purposes.
  2. Diversions to onstream storage reservoirs located on Class III streams not to exceed 20 acre-feet per annum where the reservoir was constructed prior to January 1, 2012. Water appropriated under this category of Small Irrigation Use may be used for the irrigation, frost protection, or heat control of currently cultivated lands within the area described in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Water Code section 1259.4. Uses may also include incidental aesthetic, fire protection, recreational, or fish and wildlife purposes.

Small Irrigation Use is defined as: “either of the following: (a) An irrigation use, heat control use, or frost protection use, not to exceed diversion to storage of 20 acre-feet per annum, including impoundment for incidental aesthetic, fire protection, recreational, or fish and wildlife purposes (b) An irrigation use not to exceed direct diversion of 42,000 gallons per day, or up to a maximum of 20 acre-feet per annum.” (Wat. Code, § 1228.1, subd. (b)(2).)

Livestock Stockpond Use Registration

Livestock Stockpond Use is defined as: “a water impoundment structure constructed for livestock watering use not to exceed direct diversion of 4,500 gallons per day, or diversion to storage of 10 acre-feet per year, as that use is defined by the board, and including impoundment for incidental aesthetic, recreational, or fish and wildlife purposes.” (Wat. Code, § 1228.1, subd. (b)(3).)