Rules and Regulations

All rules and regulations proposed and promulgated by the Office of the State Engineer can be accessed below. For questions regarding rules and regulations contact the State Engineer’s Legal Division at (505) 827-6150.

Active Water Resource Management Rules and Regulations

Dam Safety Rules and Regulations

Hearing Unit Rules and Regulations
New Mexico Commission of Public Records (NMCPR)

Water Rights Rules and Regulations

Weather Modification Licensing Rules and Regulations

Well Driller Licensing, Construction, Repair, and Plugging of Wells


New Mexico Compilation Commision
To access water laws under the New Mexico State Statute Chapter 72, click on the link and select Statutory Chapters in New Mexico Statutes Annotated 1978. On the right side, scroll down to Chapter 72, Water Law.

1. Water Rights in General , 72-1-1 through 72-1-12 .
2. State Engineer, 72-2-1 through 72-2-18.
3. Water Districts and Water Masters, 72-3-1 through 72-3-5.
4. Surveys, Investigations and Adjudication of Rights , 72-4-1 through 72-4-20.
4A. Water Project Finance, 72-4A-1 through 72-4A-11.
5. Appropriation and Use of Surface Water , 72-5-1 through 72-5-39.
5A. Ground Water Storage and Recovery, 72-5A-1 through 72-5A-17.
6. Water -Use Leasing, 72-6-1 through 72-6-7.
7. Appeals from State Engineer, 72-7-1 through 72-7-3.
8. Offenses and Penalties Under Water Act of 1907, 72-8-1 through 72-8-6.
9. Application of Water Act of 1907, 72-9-1 through 72-9-4.
10. Community Uses, 72-10-1 through 72-10-10.
11. Salt Lakes, 72-11-1.
12. Underground Waters, 72-12-1 through 72-12-28.
12A. Mine Dewatering, 72-12A-1 through 72-12A-13.
12B. Use of Waters Outside the State, 72-12B-1 through 72-12B-2.
13. Artesian Wells, 72-13-1 through 72-13-12.
14. Interstate Stream Commission; Protection of Interstate Streams, 72-14-1 through 72-14-45.
15. Interstate Compacts, 72-15-1 through 72-15-28.
16. Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control, 72-16-1 through 72-16-103.
17. Las Cruces Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control, 72-17-1 through 72-17-103.
18. Flood Control Districts, 72-18-1 through 72-18-70.
19. Southern Sandoval County Flood Control, 72-19-1 through 72-19-103.
20. Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Act, 72-20-1 through 72-20-103.

 

(Note: The link goes to an outside service that provides New Mexico Statutes and is not part of the Office of the State Engineer's website.)