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
Water Right Search
Search through Snake River Basin Adjudication (SRBA) claims and other water rights. Use the text-based search for non-SRBA rights.
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Not Included: Approved, denied, and withdrawn applications.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:
- 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