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DNRC Headquarters
1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
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Hearings Unit


The Office of Administrative Hearings (formerly known as DNRC Hearings Unit) is an independent unit 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.






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For additional assistance, please contact the Office of Administrative Hearings. 

Office of Administrative Hearings
1539 11th Avenue
PO Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601

Chief of Staff
(406) 444-5582

David Vogler
Hearing Examiner
(406) 444-6835

Hearing Examiner
(406) 444-1510

Jamie Price
Administrative Assistant
(406) 444-6615