Natural Resources

Efficiently and responsibly managing and protecting our water and land resources for the sustainability, health, safety, and economic benefit of the State of Arkansas

Non-Riparian Surface Water Use

Step 1: Fill out an Application for Non-Riparian Water Use, available electronically in PDF format, or mailed to applicants upon request. To request a copy please contact the Commission (see contact information in Step 2).

Application Packet:

  • Click here to view the Non-Riparian Water Use, Hydrostatic Testing, or Gas Well Stimulation Application.
  • Click here to view the General Application.

Step 2: Send application, additional necessary documents, and a processing fee of $500.00 to: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, 10421 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205, Attn: Shawn L. Jackson (501) 682-3985 (Make checks payable to: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission)

Step 3: Once your application is received you will be notified within seven (7) working days with a letter stating your application has been received and is in the process of being reviewed by a staff member.

Step 4: Within thirty (30) days of receiving your application, staff will determine whether the application packet is complete, or whether additional items will be needed to complete the review process. Staff will request the necessary items at this time if your application is found to be incomplete.

Step 5: When the application is deemed complete, staff will resume the evaluation process, and will be available to answer any questions you may have. Generally the process takes less than thirty (30) days, but can take as long as twelve (12) months depending on the complexity and volume of the request.  Plan ahead and apply well in advance of the projected project start date.

Step 6: Upon completion of review, a permitting determination is made regarding the proposed project, and you will receive written notification by this office. Determinations may include, but are not limited to, technically conditioned Water Use Permits, Diffuse Water Determinations, Denial without Prejudice (i.e. due to lack of information or inadequate excess water at the requested diversion location), or Denial of Certification.

For additional information, please contact or Shawn Jackson at (501) 682-3959.

Please email completed applications to:

Shawn Jackson
Program Coordinator

or mail completed application to:

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
ATTN: Shawn Jackson
10421 W. Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205

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