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Private Well Regulations FAQ

What is the Private Well Program?
The Private Well Program deals with the construction and repair of private wells. Any new well or the repair of an existing well requires a Health Department permit. The construction and location requirements for wells are in the Virginia Private Well Regulations and are available on-line at this web site. 

How can I obtain a Health Department Permit to install a new well or repair an existing well?
Applications for Health Department Permits are available at the Office of Environmental Health Services. The permit application form is available on-line from this web site. Detailed site plans and fees are required in some cases. Site conditions may influence the issuance of a well construction permit. Please contact Environmental Health at (757) 518-2646 for further information.

How can I check on the status of my well permit application?
It is helpful to have all the information about your application available i.e., the Health Department Identification Number (HDIDNO) which begins "228-9x- ", the date the application was filed, the complete street address, and the name of the Environmental Health representative assigned to your application.

How can I register a complaint about a private well?
Complaints can be registered by calling (757) 518-2646 or by visiting the Office of Environmental Health Services between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Last Updated: 08-24-2011

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