Wells Program

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The Environmental Management Wells Program is responsible for oversight of the construction, modification, repair, inactivation and destruction of wells in Sacramento County, pursuant to Chapter 6.28 of the Sacramento County Code and Section 13801 of the California Water Code.

The Wells Program regulates Water Supply Wells, Monitoring Wells, Exploratory Soil Borings, Geothermal Heat Exchange Wells, Cathodic Protection Wells, and other special use wells. Any well constructed in Sacramento County must have a permit from the Environmental Management Department prior to the start of construction unless it is specifically exempted in the Code.

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with the documents referenced on this page and plan ahead for your well construction to avoid any possible delays in the construction process.

Wells Program Staff:

  • Issue permits
  • Inspect well construction, modification, repair, inactivation, and destruction activities
  • Maintain a database that includes information on permitted wells in Sacramento County
  • Conduct enforcement actions against persons that violate provisions of the well Code
  • Approve plot plans during building permit issuance

Forms & Documents:

Please visit the EMD Forms & Documents - Wells Program section for up to date forms.

Wells Program Related Links:

More Information:

For more information please contact the Wells Program staff at:

Sacramento County Environmental Management Department
Environmental Compliance Division
11080 White Rock Rd., Suite 200
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

916-875-8513 (fax)