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If you want to extract groundwater, you need a permit.

The abstraction of groundwater is a "use" in the legal sense and is in principle subject to authorisation. However, there are exceptions for the abstraction of groundwater for a single household, the private garden, a farm, the watering of livestock or temporary withdrawals of small quantities. However, it must be ensured that no adverse effect is expected from the withdrawal. The extent to which this may be the case with the proposed project should be agreed with the competent authority before the start of the withdrawal.

In addition, the drilling of wells shall be considered as an earth level and shall be notified to the Lower Water Authority one month before the scheduled start of the drilling. The Authority may then, where appropriate, order measures to protect groundwater.

In addition, all mechanically powered boreholes must be notified to the State Geological Service by the person who performs such drilling for himself or on behalf of others, in accordance with the Law on Deposits.

Drilling that is expected to penetrate more than 100 m into the ground must also be reported to the competent mining authority in accordance with the Federal Mining Act. The mining authority may require the submission of an operating plan in order to protect employees or third parties or because of the importance of the establishment.


Further information on groundwater use can be found on the websites of the State Government of Schleswig-Holstein and the Geological Archives.

  • Groundwater use
  • National Geological Archives
  • Law on the Order of the Water Budget (Water Budget Act - WHG),
  • Water Act of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (Landeswassergesetz - WasG SH).

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  • WasG SH

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