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Calculate and set water withdrawal charge

In Germany, a water withdrawal charge may be levied for the withdrawal and discharge of water from surface waters, as well as for the withdrawal, pumping, pumping and discharge of groundwater. It is up to the individual federal states to decide whether and to what extent the water withdrawal charge is to be levied.

Process flow

There is no uniform procedure among the federal states, as this depends on the specific legal requirements and structures in the individual states.

Competent authority

  • As a rule, the lower water authorities are responsible for charging the water withdrawal fee: districts, independent and large independent cities, Hanover region
  • in certain cases, the Lower Saxony State Agency for Water Management, Coastal Protection and Nature Conservation (NLWKN) is responsible for collecting the water withdrawal fee


Any person who withdraws or discharges water from a surface water body or withdraws, brings to the surface, conducts to the surface or discharges groundwater is liable to pay a water withdrawal charge.

Which documents are required?

There is no uniform regulation in the federal states in which the water withdrawal charge is levied.

Processing duration

The processing time depends on the quality and volume of the submitted forms and documents.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Data protection information

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Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)