The DNRC Hearings Unit is an independent unit of the Water Rights Bureau staffed by the Hearing Examiners and administrative support, primarily responsible for conducting and presiding over water right contested-case and other administrative hearings.
The Hearing Examiners are responsible for conducting a fair and impartial hearing in accordance with applicable laws, rules and procedures and for preparing and issuing recommended proposed written or final decisions that include Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and an Order based on the case record and certain other legally accessible materials. Hearing Examiners may conduct hearings on contested beneficial water right permit or change authorization applications, modification or revocation of permits to appropriate water and closure of drainage basins to further appropriations. Hearing Examiners also generally preside over Department rulemaking proceedings.
- Montana Codes Annotated (MCA)
- Certificate of Service Template
A certificate of service must appear on all original documents certifying the manner in which the document was served (for example, mail, fax, hand-delivery, e-mail). See Admin. R. M. 36.12.202(15).
Water Rights Bureau/Hearings Unit
Phone (406) 444-6610
- Water Right Forms
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Water Rights rules:
Deficiency letters and termination:
Correct and complete determination:
Permit application requirements:
Permit and change applications: