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Stream Permitting in Montana2012 Version of Stream Permitting in Montana Booklet

Permitting Tips

Permitting Tips

How to use A Guide to Stream Permitting in Montana

Montana Stream Permitting Book


Guide to Required Permits
Steambedding Guide

Using the diagram above, determine where your project will take place: streambed, streambanks, wetlands, or floodplain. The letters in the diagram refer to the required permits listed below (A through L) and described on the following pages. Permits that may be necessary:

Permitting Tips

A. Montana Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (310)

B. Montana Stream Protection Act (SPA 124 Permit)

C. City or County Floodplain Development Permit

D. Federal Clean Water Act (404 Permit)

E. Federal Rivers and Harbors Act (Section 10 Permit)

F. Short-Term Water Quality Standard for Turbidity (318 Authorization)

G. Montana Land-Use License or Easement on Navigable Waters

H. Montana Water Use Act (Water Right Permit and Change Authorization)

I. Montana Water Use Act (Water Reservations)

J. Stormwatcher Discharge General Permits

K. Streamside Management Zone Law

L. Other Laws that May Apply

This web page is based on a brochure that was cooperatively developed and funded by the following:

Development, updates, and funding of this brochure has been coordinated by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Conservation Districts Bureau in cooperation with the following:

Montana Association of Conservation Districts

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

First Issued April 1990
Revised June 1993, October 1996,
March 1997, September 2000,
January 2005 and July 2012

Conservation and Resource Development Division
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
1625 Eleventh Avenue
P.O. Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601
(406) 444-6667


Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
1625 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074
Fax: (406) 444-2684