Submit your water abstraction return

Coronavirus update

We will delay requesting water abstraction returns for the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 until further notice.


We will contact licence holders directly when we are able to accept returns for both the periods 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020 and 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021.


You should keep recording data as detailed in your licence if it is safe to do so, following the latest social distancing guidance from the government.


Find out more about our response to coronavirus.

How to fill in your return

We'll contact you to ask for your return/s.

If you've abstracted no water during the return period, you'll still need to complete the return.

It's important you use the form we send to you.

To help you complete the return you can:

Read these help notes

Watch this video (hydropower)

Watch this video (non-hydropower)

If you have problems preparing your return, contact us on 0300 065 3000 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) or email

So that we can help you quickly, have your licence number ready.

Deadline for returns

Submit your return within 28 days of receiving a notification from us.

Submitting the return by the deadline will ensure your licence conditions aren't breached.

Changing your personal details

If you no longer need the licence you should revoke it so that you're no longer liable to pay an annual charge or submit a return.

To make other changes to your licence, read applying to change an existing abstraction or impoundment licence.

How we use return data

We need to know how much water you have abstracted to help us look after the environment and manage the water resource that you rely on.

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