DEP manages the Water Well Construction Program in close coordination with each of the five state regional water management districts (WMD). As required by statute, DEP has delegated to each of the WMD its authority to implement a program for the licensing of water well contractors and for permitting the location, construction, repair and abandonment of water wells. As a result, all persons applying for a water well contractor license to engage in the business of water well contracting or to renew an existing contractor license must file their application with the WMD where they will perform most of their work; however, a contractor license is valid statewide. Additionally, a permit must be obtained from the appropriate WMD or its delegated permitting authority prior to the construction, repair or abandonment of any water well.
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