Water & Well Program

Local ordinance regulates the permitting, construction, inspection, repair, abandonment and water quality testing of private drinking water wells in Rowan County. Download and review the Rowan County Health Department Well Rules (PDF) adopted March 13, 2007.

Permits for Well Systems

Applications for a well installation, repair or abandonment may be made Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. An application fee is required. Once the site has been evaluated and approved, the permit is issued.

Please review our Required Documentation When Applying for a Well or Septic Permit (PDF).


An inspection is required during different phases of construction, repair or abandonment. When all inspections are completed and approved a Well Completion Permit is issued.