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Water Right Ownership Updates


WATER RIGHT OWNERSHIP UPDATE

 

Ownership Update FAQs:  SB55 was passed by the MT Legislature in 2021 and went into effect on October 1, 2021.  The linked document provides a basic explanation of changes enacted by this law and provides additional helpful resources.


608 DNRC Water Right Ownership Update

Use for all changes in ownership of entire water right.  Do not use this form if you are a user of a municipal or irrigation district water system.

**Be sure the form says it was revised on 10/2021 in the upper left corner.  If it does not, you will need to clear your browsing history.


Use to divide, exempt, or sever a water right:

Form No. 641, Use this form for a water right that has been divided.
Form No. 642, Use this form for a water right that has been exempted (reserved) from a land sale where the seller chose to retain ownership of the water right or for a water right that has been severed from the land without a land sale. Ownership of the water right must be expressly addressed in a deed or other recorded document of conveyance.