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Permit Process

1. Application

Complete applications are to be submitted by the first Tuesday of the month by 3:00 pm prior to the Board meeting.

Review and decision on application takes place at the regular board meeting, the third Tuesday of each month. See District Calendar for meeting time, location, and date. Some meetings may be cancelled if they occur on the same day as a holiday, or if a quorum of the board will not be present.

1st Tuesday of the Month:  310 applications & violations due to the MCD office by 3:00 PM.

3rd Tuesday of the Month:  Board Meeting where decisions will be made.

Note: The permit review process may take up to 60 days.

2. Site Inspection

An onsite inspection is scheduled upon receipt of the 310 application, to be completed by the 310 Review Team. The team consists of a District representative, a Montana FWP representative and the landowner or landowner’s representative. The team will discuss the project on site. Team members may waive participation in the on-site inspection.

After an inspection is conducted, team members make recommendations to the District at a regular meeting. If no inspection is required, the District may proceed with the application and the applicant will be notified of its decision.

3. Decision

During the next regular board meeting, applications are approved, modified, or denied for a permit. This time period can be extended if the MCD determines it necessary to collect further information. After receiving notice of the decision, the applicant has 30 days to sign and return the Board’s Decision Form to indicate agreement. Note: Permit letters may take up to two weeks to be sent out. Unless otherwise stated on the supervisors decision form, the applicant must wait 15 days before proceeding with the project. If the applicant does not return the signed Board’s Decision Form, the permit is automatically null and void.

More information on the 310 Permit Process is available on the DNRC website.


In making a decision, the District considers these factors:

  • The effects on soil erosion and sedimentation, considering the methods available to complete the project and the nature and economics of the various alternatives.
  • The effects of stream alteration.
  • The effects on stream flow, turbidity, and water quality caused by materials used or by removal of ground cover.
  • The effects on fish and aquatic habitat.


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