Groundwater Licencing in BC: Why Your Date of Precedence Matters

When you apply for a groundwater licence in BC, or have a professional apply on your behalf, you’ll need to specify the date of first use of the water. This is known as your “date of precedence” or “priority date”. Groundwater users that began using their water at an earlier date (senior licencees) are given priority by the BC provincial government over more recent users (junior licencees) under the First-in-Time First-in-Right (FITFIR) priority system. Your date of precedence could become important during times of water scarcity or drought, or if a new user proposes to withdraw water at a rate and volume that could affect your water needs. The BC provincial government can apply a number of

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