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 What's This?, there is no water right.

Frequently Asked Questions

Water Right Search

Search through Snake River Basin Adjudication (SRBA) claims and other water rights. Use the text-based search for non-SRBA rights.

New Listings

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Not Included: Approved, denied, and withdrawn applications.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
  • 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.

Applications, Forms & Fees:


Helpful Resources:

  • Water Right Finder
    Search by parcel or address for your water right.
  • Water Supply Bank
    Water users who will not be using all or a portion of their water rights in a given year can place their rights in the Idaho Water Resource Board's Water Supply Bank to make water available to other water users.


  • 42-226 - Ground Waters are Public Waters
  • 42-201(2) - When a Water Right is Required
  • 42-229 - Methods of Appropriation