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The City of Long Beach requires that a permit be obtained prior to the construction or destruction of any well and soil boring through the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Environmental Health, Water Quality Program.

  • All construction and/or abandonment of well(s) and soil boring(s) shall follow the California Well Standards Bulletins 74-81 and 74-90 and L.B.M.C. 15.32.020.
  • Permits require 48-hour notification to our Water Quality Program team before the start of work to ensure inspection of the annular seal and proper backfill materials used. The permit must be on-site and made available to the inspector upon request.
  • All drillers shall have the proper license with the State of California.
  • Public Works also permits well construction/abandonment of work done in the public right of way (for example, street, alley, or sidewalk)

To expedite the permit approval process, all necessary attachments and applicable fees should be submitted with the permit application. The required attachments include a site plan showing the locations of all wells (proposed and existing), potential sanitary hazards, and a good construction diagram. The diagram should include, at a minimum, materials of construction, depth of seals, borehole diameter, size of casing, depth to first groundwater, and total depth of wells. Please note that the permit approval process may take a minimum of 10 business days depending on the complexity of the project.

 A permit shall remain in effect for one year from the date of issuance.