Well Standards Program

Programs & Services

The Alameda County Public Works Agency administers the Well Program that permits and inspects well and borehole drilling activities within the following jurisdictions: Cities of Alameda, Emeryville, Piedmont, Albany, Hayward, San Leandro, Oakland, and the western unincorporated communities of Alameda Country. Well Permits are required for all work pertaining to wells and bore-holes at any depth. You can apply online for your permit through the Alameda County website. Please submit 10 work days prior to the start of drilling.
Online Drilling Permit Application

To apply by mail, please send a completed permit application, along with a site map, to the address below:
Mail-In Drilling Permit Application (PDF - 161KB)

Alameda County Public Works Agency
Well Standards Program
399 Elmhurst Street
Hayward, CA 94544-1307
Ph: 510-670-6633
Fax: 510-782-1939

Please note:  When your well is completed, please submit a Well Completion Report. There are two separate forms, one for agencies, and one for individuals.

Well Completion Report Release Agreement - Agency (PDF - 102KB)
Well Completion Report Release Agreement  Property Owner (PDF - 100KB)

Curious to learn more about wells? Review the County Water Well Ordinance 2015 No. 0-2015-20  or call  510-670-6633