Appropriation of Water Generally

ORS 537.635
Assignment of application, certificate of registration or permit


Any certificate of registration issued under ORS 537.610 (Recording registration statement) or permit issued under ORS 537.625 (Final order) may be assigned, subject to the conditions of the certificate of registration or permit, but no such assignment shall be binding, except upon the parties to the assignment, unless filed for record in the Water Resources Department.


An assignment of an application filed under ORS 537.615 (Application for permit to acquire new right or enlarge existing right to appropriate ground water) or a permit issued under ORS 537.625 (Final order) and filed for record with the Water Resources Department shall identify the current record owners of all property described in the application or permit. The assignor shall furnish proof acceptable to the department that notice of the assignment has been given or attempted for each identified property owner not a party to the assignment. [1955 c.708 §13; 1985 c.673 §59; 1995 c.367 §4]
§§ 537.505 to 537.795

Notes of Decisions

Ground Water Act of 1955, construed together with ORS chapter 536, governing administration of water resources generally, cannot be read as expressly prohibiting local bodies from engaging in regulatory activity consistent with statute or agency regulations. Water Resources Dept. v. City of Klamath Falls, 68 Or App 148, 682 P2d 779 (1984), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Requirements for exploring for or production of geothermal or oil or gas resources, (1974) Vol 37, p 68

Law Review Citations

4 EL 333 (1974); 47 WLR 405 (2011)

Chapter 537

Notes of Decisions

Water control district, in applying for water appropriation permit for hydroelectric project, was exempt from licensing provisions of ORS 543.010 to 543.620 and needed only to comply with requirements of this chapter. Steamboaters v. Winchester Water Control Dist., 69 Or App 596, 688 P2d 92 (1984), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Reservation to state of "all coal and other minerals" in deed of land by state as reservation of geothermal resources, (1980) Vol 41, p 298

Law Review Citations

11 EL 387 (1981); 16 EL 583, 592 (1986); 28 WLR 285 (1992)


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