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. Well permits will only be issued once a site evaluation has taken place and is approved.

Apply for a Well Permit


Inspections are required during different phases of construction.  All well installation, repair, and abandonment inspections must be called in by the well company before 9 a.m. on the day of installation. No inspections will be accepted after 9 a.m. 

Once all inspections are completed and approved, a Well Completion Permit (COC) is issued. Well Completion Permits for newly constructed wells cannot be signed off on until the well has passed inspection and water sample results have been received from the N.C. State Lab.