The Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division licenses well drillers constructing wells in the State of Vermont, in addition to, maintains a database of wells drilled and their locations.
- Well Driller Licensing Rule: Outlines the responsibilities of well drillers PDF MSWord
- Well Construction and Isolation Standards for Wells
- License Application & Instructions: Includes application form, instructions, child support and taxes statement form, and "qualifying individual agreement" information for first time water well drillers, monitoring well drillers, or both.
- The License Renewal Application is for well drillers who are already licensed in Vermont.
Well Completion/Abandonment Reporting
Submit the Well Completion/Abandonment Report (WCAR) within 90 days of completing a well (a well is considered completed when the drill rig has completed drilling or hydrofracturing the well, NOT when the well pump is actually installed, since the State has no jurisdiction over pump installation or abandonment has been completed), include all applicable well construction and well information in the WCAR, and ensure all well construction standards are being met, submit accurate latitude and longitude coordinates (decimal degrees format) for the well, and be sure the WCAR reports are properly signed and dated by a Vermont licensed well driller. Well Abandonment Completion: For ease of use when abandoning a well, fill in the Well Abandonment Information and other specifics, if it is known-and submit within 90 days of well abandonment completion.
NOTE: Timely WCAR submittal is essential because data are used for characterizing groundwater conditions and flow, understanding the bedrock and the unconsolidated materials over them, for effective contaminant remediation, aquifer interpretation, engineering applications, homeowner education, and compliance with permits. The state is more actively enforcing the WCAR requirements. If questions, contact Rodney Pingree.
Well Tags, Well Completion Report Forms, and Rig Seals: These may be resupplied by Ken Yelsey.
VDH FACT SHEET: Testing Drinking Water from Private Water Supplies-Required to be supplied to property owner by well driller upon well completion
Exemption Forms: For Construction of a Replacement Well or Connection to a Public Water System serving only one Single Family Residence on its own Individual Lot:
Water Well Advisory Committee
The Vermont Water Well Advisory Committee (WWAC) was established by the General Assembly to advise and assist Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (VT ANR) personnel in the formulation of policy, including recommended statutory and regulatory changes, regarding the proper installation and maintenance of water wells, licensing of well drillers, and groundwater issues impacted by well-drilling activities. The committee promotes and encourages cooperation and communication between governmental agencies, licensed well drillers, and members of the general public.
The committee consists of seven members: the director of the drinking water and groundwater protection division, the state geologist, a representative from the department of health, and four members appointed by the governor. Three of the four public members are licensed well drillers, with at least five years of experience. The fourth public member is a person not associated with the well-drilling business who has an interest in wells and water quality. Members are appointed for terms of five years. The public members of the committee shall be volunteers, and will serve without compensation.
Statutory responsibility of the WWAC is in Title 10, Chapter 48 §1395b.
The committee meets from time to time as necessary. The WWAC meetings are open to the public. Contact us to inquire about dates, times, and locations for meetings and meeting minutes.
- Public Community Water Systems Groundwater Interference Project
- Water Quality Testing for Potable Water Supply Wells
- 2014 Well Driller Program Report
- Vermont Ground Water Association
- National Ground Water Association