Who Needs An Oil And Gas Well Permit?
Persons who drill, deepen or reopen oil and gas wells must obtain a permit from the
Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control (WPC), Oil and Gas Section.
What Information Must I Provide?
Applicants must submit the following items with the proper fees before starting any
- A notarized Application For Permit To Drill (Form CN-0211) which requires the name,
address and telephone number of the well owner and operator, well number and name of the
U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 topographic quadrangle, distance and direction from the nearest
town or post office; ground elevation, proposed total depth and name of geological
formation to be tested, and the purpose for drilling the well (Note: This form must be
printed double-sided prior to being notarized.)
- An Organization Report (Form CN-0219) which identifies the company, organization,
individual or group for whom the benefit of the project is being conducted
- A Surface Owner Certification (Form CN-0694) stating that the landowner has been
notified of any planned surface disturbances, and a certified mail receipt showing that
Form CN-0694 has been sent. There is a fifteen day waiting period for the landowner to
respond to the State after receiving Form CN-0694. However, this waiting period can be
waived if the landowner signs a Statement of No Objection form to proposed surface
disturbances, or if they sign the plat.
- A pooling affidavit (CN- 0690) for sites with more than one landowner
- A well location plat, constructed by a Tennessee registered surveyor, showing the
proposed location of the oil and gas well site; the proposed location of all new ingress
and egress; the location of all diversions, drilling pits, dikes and elated structures and
facilities; the location of proposed storage tanks and all other surface disturbances
- A reclamation plan (Form RP) committing the operator to appropriate cleanup measures
within 30 days of plugging and abandonment
- Evidence of a $2,000 plugging bond per well or a blanket plugging bond of $10,000 for a
maximum of ten wells (contact the Division of Water Pollution Control for instructions)
- Evidence of a Reclamation Bond of $1,500 per well site (contact the Division of Water Pollution Control
- Applicants must submit the following items when changing operators or amending their
- Application to change operators (Form CN-0237)
- Application to amend a well permit (Form CN-0028)
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|Application For Permit To Drill
|Surface Owner Certification
|Statement of No Objection
|Application to Amend
How Will My Application Be Processed?
The application, required forms and proper fees should be submitted to the Division of
Water Pollution Control, Oil and Gas Well Section. A detailed review of the application is conducted, and
the site is inspected by the Division. The review process may take up to 15 days. No
public review is required. The permit is valid for three (3) months.
What Fees Are Required?
|Permit amendment fee:
|Change of Operator fee:
What Are My Rights And Responsibilities After
The Permit Is Approved?
The applicant may proceed with the approved activities as stated on the permit. The
permit is transferable upon submittal and approval of the Application to Change Operators
(Form CN-0237) and other requirements. The permit can be amended after the submittal and
approval of the Application to Amend a Well Permit (Form CN-0228) for the purposes of
changing the location, elevation, total depth and lease or unit name.
The applicant is responsible for completing work within six (6) months from cessation
of drilling. Fifteen Day Progress On Drill Reports describing well activities must be
submitted to the Division upon request. The applicant also is responsible for complying
with testing, monitoring, prevention of hazards and pollution, and all other requirements
pertaining to the drilling, re-entry, plugging and abandoning, and the exploration and
exploitation of oil and gas wells.
What Are The Division's Rights And Responsibilities After The
Permit Is Approved?
The Division has the right to inspect the site when deemed necessary. Penalties for
violations can reach to a maximum of $10,000 per day per violation.
The Oil and Gas Board, is responsible for preventing waste and
protecting the waters and natural resources of the state from any adverse effects
associated with drilling, deepening or reopening gas and oil wells.
Whom Do I Contact For Applications, Assistance And Other
Applicants may obtain applications and information from:
State of Tennessee, Water Pollution Control
Oil and Gas Section
6th Floor, L & C Tower
401 Church Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0445
Applicants may refer to the following publications for further information:
What Environmental Permits Do I Need?
Prudent Site Checks
Permit Application Forms
Standard Operating Procedures
Tennessee Division of Geology
Water Pollution Control
Rule Chapter 1040-1-1 to -8-1 Rules of Tennessee State Oil and Gas Board
TCA § 60-1-101 to -705 Oil and Gas Laws in Tennessee