About Water Rights
What is a Water Right?
A water right is authorization to use water in a prescribed manner, not to own the water itself. Without diversion and beneficial use , there is no water right.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a water right?
What are the types of water rights and how do I establish one?
Can a water right be changed?
How do I transfer a water right?
What is a claim?
How do I find a certified water right examiner?
How does the application process for a water right work?
Water Right Search
Search through Snake River Basin Adjudication (SRBA) claims and other water rights. Use the text-based search for non-SRBA rights.
*Listings prior to January 1, 2001.
Included: Applications ready for publication or formerly published.
Not Included: Approved, denied, and withdrawn applications.
- New Applications -
Search for applications for permit, applications for amendment, and statutory claims posted in the past 30 days;
- New Transfers -
NOTE: Water Resources has revised our internal Transfers program effective December 8, 2012. Existing Transfers are being re-entered. Please check each day for the latest Transfers information.
- Advanced Search -
Find information about specific new water right listings.
Federal Wild & Scenic Rivers
- Find new water right filing information and data related to the Wild & Scenic Rivers area.
Moratorium Orders Issued by IDWR
- Applications undergoing review by IDWR or being held without action (due to moratorium or administrative action).
We welcome feedback about the New Listings Search.