Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Fee Schedule for Utah Division of Water Rights

Effective July 1, 2009, the Utah Division of Water Rights will have a new fee schedule. The following is a summary of some of the more important fee changes.

The cost of filing for most applications will double. This includes fees for:

--Permanent change applications
--Temporary change applications
--Applications to appropriate
--Exchange applications
--Extensions of time to submit proof

The cost for filing a diligence claim will also double. Additionally, the diligence claim investigation fee will increase from $200 to $500.

The fee for filing a report of conveyance will increase from $25 to $40.

Currently, the Division does not charge a fee for stream alteration permits. However, the Division will charge $2,000 for commercial entities, $500 for governmental entities, and $100 for non-commercial entities.

Perhaps the biggest change is that the Division will now charge a fee for protests. Currently, protestants may file their protests for free. However, beginning July 1, it will cost $15 to file a protest with the Division. It will be interesting to see if this new fee will have an effect on the number of protests filed.

So if you are planning to file anything with the Division of Water Rights in the near future, you may want to try to file before July 1 so that you can pay the current, cheaper fee.

To view a full comparison of the current fees and the fees effective July 1, click here.

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