Water Permits

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The MPWMD office is closed in response to Monterey County’s Shelter in Place Order. We are available by email to answer your questions and to receive and process Water Permit Applications electronically. Please follow the instructions below to have your project reviewed by staff.

ELECTRONIC WATER PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS FACT SHEET
ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS, METER ENLARGEMENTS, METER SPLITS AND HYDRANT METERS
What is a “Water Permit?”

A Water Permit allows an applicant to obtain a building permit and set a water meter or intensify water use on an existing connection. A Water Permit is also needed to set additional water meters or to change the size of an existing water meter. Normally, permits can be processed within a week if there are no deed restrictions required (deed restrictions take 1 to 3 days to prepare, review and record.)

Compliance with Water Efficiency Requirements found in MPWMD Regulations XIV and XV are Conditions of Approval of a Water Permit.  Please review these rules and be familiar with the requirements.

A note about commercial changes in use:
Builders/owners of new and existing commercial buildings should be informed of the possible need for a Water Permit when tenant changes occur. All intensification in use according to District Rule 24, Table II, require Water Permits. Due to differences in use definitions, the District may consider a building/lease space to have changed use even when the city/county may not. A quick check with the District permit office staff will clarify whether a water permit is needed.

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