Apply for information from the water book

The water book is a register of water rights. Anyone can view the water book.

Important notes



Documents required

You must submit a written request. The application can be informal.

Please note

A separate water book is kept by the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) for water rights in the port area (excluding discharges, withdrawals and groundwater). You can find out about the respective contents of the water books online in the metadata portal METAVER.

If you wish to inspect documents that contain information about secret operating facilities and operating methods, this is only permitted with the consent of the person who has a legitimate interest in maintaining secrecy.



Procedure & Fees


  • You submit an informal, written request to the responsible authority to inspect the water record.
  • The responsible authority will examine your application.
  • You will be granted access or an extract will be provided to you.

Processing time

Depending on the type and scope of your application, it may take 1-4 weeks until you can be granted access.


Simply viewing the water book is free of charge. There is a cost of EUR 1.65 per page for the creation of excerpts.

Downloads & Links

Links on the Internet

Service description

The water register is an official register, similar to the land register. You can view the water book. By viewing the water book you can obtain the following information in particular:

  • granted permits and authorizations as well as rights and authorities,
  • Planning approval decisions and planning approvals,
  • water protection areas,
  • risk areas
  • designated flood plains

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+49 40 42840-0

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