DAR File No. 39152

This notice was published in the March 15, 2015, issue (Vol. 2015, No. 6) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Natural Resources, Water Rights

Rule R655-16

Administrative Procedures for Declaring Beneficial Use Limitations for Supplemental Water Rights

Five-Year Notice of Review and Statement of Continuation

DAR File No.: 39152
Filed: 02/24/2015 03:49:31 PM


Concise explanation of the particular statutory provisions under which the rule is enacted and how these provisions authorize or require the rule:

Section 73-1-3 declares, "Beneficial use shall be the basis, the measure and the limit of all rights to the use of water in this state." Subsection 73-2-1(3) declares, "The State Engineer shall be responsible for the general administrative supervision of the waters of the state and the measurement, appropriation, apportionment, and distribution of those waters." Subsection 73-2-1(5)(e) authorizes the State Engineer to make rules governing the form and content of applications and related documents, maps and reports. Subsection 73-3-3(4)(b)(vii) requires the State Engineer to supply an application form for the permanent or temporary change of a water right which shall set forth, among other information, "the place, purpose, and extent of the present use." Section 73-3-16 requires applicants to submit proof of appropriation or permanent change including, among other information, "a map showing the place of use", "the nature and extent of the completed works" and "the method of applying the water to beneficial use". Section 73-3-20(2) states "The state engineer may require the owner of record of an approved exchange application to provide information concerning... the extent to which the development under the exchange has occurred and other information the state engineer considers necessary... to arrive at the quantity of water being exchanged." Section 73-5-8 states, "Every person using water from any river system or water source, when requested by the State Engineer, shall within 30 days after such request report to the State Engineer in writing: (1) the nature of the use of any such water; (2) the area on which it is used; (3) the kind of crops grown; and (4) water elevations on wells or tunnels and quantity of underground water used."

Summary of written comments received during and since the last five-year review of the rule from interested persons supporting or opposing the rule:

No comments have been received in the past five years.

Reasoned justification for continuation of the rule, including reasons why the agency disagrees with comments in opposition to the rule, if any:

The rule is still required for processing and acceptance by the State Engineer. Therefore, this rule should be continued.

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Natural Resources
Water RightsRoom 220
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3154

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Marianne Burbidge at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7370, by FAX at 801-538-7467, or by Internet E-mail at marianneburbidge@utah.gov



Authorized by:

Kent Jones, State Engineer/Director

Additional Information

More information about a Five-Year Notice of Review and Statement of Continuation is available online.

The Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the Bulletin is the official version. The PDF version of this issue is available at https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull-pdf/2015/b20150315.pdf. The HTML edition of the Bulletin is a convenience copy. Any discrepancy between the PDF version and HTML version is resolved in favor of the PDF version.

For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Marianne Burbidge at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7370, by FAX at 801-538-7467, or by Internet E-mail at marianneburbidge@utah.gov.  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules.