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
- Isolation and Construction Standards for Wells
(see Water Supply Rule, April 12, 2019, Appendix A Part 11 and 12)
- 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.
- Questions regarding well driller licensing may be sent to email@example.com or by phone at (802) 585-4893.
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 and Well Completion Report Forms: These may be resupplied by Heather Campbell.
ONLINE SUBMITAL INSTRUCTIONS: Please see these instructions on how to access and use the online form options for submitting information to the Division.
Well Completion Report – to report the drilling (and hydrofracturing if appropriate) of a new well.
Well Deepening and Hydrofracturing Report – to report subsequent expansion of an existing well.
Well Closure Report – to report the closure/abandonment of a well.
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 Governor signed Bill H.8 in 2018 merging the members of the WWAC into the existing Groundwater Coordinating Committee which has a broad mandate to advise the Secretary on groundwater related issues, including well construction and drilling practices. For information on the GWCC and past meeting minutes visit Groundwater Protection, Management and Coordination.
- Public Community Water Systems Groundwater Interference Project
- Water Quality Testing for Potable Water Supply Wells
- 2014 Well Driller Program Report
- National Ground Water Association