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Calculate and set the water abstraction fee

For the extraction and discharge of water from an above-ground body of water, as well as the extraction, excavation, discharge and discharge of groundwater, a water withdrawal fee can be levied in Germany. Whether and to what extent the water withdrawal fee is levied is decided by the individual states.

Process flow

There is no uniform procedure for 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 collecting the water abstraction 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 charging the water abstraction fee


Anyone who takes water from an above-ground body of water, discharges it or extracts, brings it to light, brings it to light or discharges it is liable to pay a water abstraction fee.

Which documents are required?

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

Processing duration

The processing time depends on the quality and scope 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.

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