37-43-303. Application -- fee. (1) Except as provided in 37-43-302(2), a person desiring to engage in the drilling, making, construction, alteration, or rehabilitation of one or more water or monitoring wells for underground water in this state shall first file an application with the department for a license. The application must set forth the applicant's qualifications, the equipment proposed to be used in the contracting, and other matters required by the board on forms adopted by the board.
(2) The department shall charge a fee prescribed by the board for filing an application. The application shall not be acted on until the fee has been paid. Fees collected under this section shall be deposited in the state special revenue fund for the use of the board.
(3) An appropriate license shall be issued to an applicant if, in the opinion of the board, the applicant is qualified to conduct water well or monitoring well construction operations. In the granting of licenses, the board shall have due regard for the interest of this state in the protection of its underground waters.