The State Water Board is responsible for setting and collecting fees to recover the costs associated with state intervention. On June 29 2017, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the State Water Board's Emergency Regulation for Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA), which contains those fees.

Visit our Groundwater Management page for emergency regulation materials.

Groundwater Extraction Reporting Filing Fees

Who has to pay the filing fees?

Any person who is required to file a groundwater extraction report with the State Water Board must pay the filing fee(s). Visit our Reporting page for information on groundwater extraction reports.

What are the fees for Water Year 2017?

  • Base Fee: $300 per well. This fee is waived for extractors located within the service area of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) that forms between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017.
  • Late Fee: $100 for each month late up to a maximum of $1200 (inclusive of the $300 flat fee).

What are the fees for Water Year 2018?

Fee Category Fee Amount Applicable Parties
Base Filing Fee $300 per well All extractors required to report
Unmanaged Area Rate $10 per acre-foot,   
if metered
Extractors in unmanaged areas
$25 per acre-foot,    
if unmetered
Probationary Basin Rate $40 per acre-foot Extractors in probationary basins
Interim Plan Rate $55 per acre-foot Extractors in probationary basins where the Board determines an interim plan is required.
De minimis Fee $100 per well Parties that extract, for domestic purposes, two acre-feet or less per year from a probationary basin, If the Board decides the extractions will likely be significant.
Late Fee 25% of total fee amount per month late Extractors that do not file reports by the due date.


*All dates are subject to change.

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