Water legislation and resources

Water forms, codes of practice, guidelines and legislation.

Services and information

  • Information and online application for temporary diversion of water.
  • Complete application and planning forms before undertaking an activity that may affect a waterbody or the land around it.
  • The Water Act protects water for household and agricultural use and no licence is needed for either type of diversion.
  • For Water Act Code of Practice notices, applicants must complete and submit the relevant notice forms online.
  • Water conservation objectives protect natural water bodies and their aquatic environments.
  • Regulations and guidelines, including the Water Act, govern the management and protection of Alberta's water.
  • Water quality guidelines for surface water, including aquatic life, agriculture and recreation and aesthetics.