Permit Process

1. Application

The CD offers 310 permit application forms throughout the year. Complete applications must be submitted on the second to last Wednesday of every month. The last Wednesday of every month, the CD in conjunction with a Fish, Wildlife & Parks representative and the 310 applicant(s) will perform site inspections to ensure that the project will not compromise the integrity of the stream, its surrounding area, or adjacent landowners. Once a site inspection has been done, it is reviewed by the CD board at our monthly meeting for approval.

Monthly board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 11:00 A.M. in the USDA building (5242 Hwy 89 South, Livingston) conference room. All meetings are open to the public.

2. Site Inspection

Unless otherwise notified, site inspections occur on the last Wednesday of every month. If the applicant is not present at the meeting, they will be contacted and given the date and time for the inspection.  The team consists of a representative from the CD Board of Supervisors, a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (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, the FWP representative and the CD Supervisor present make recommendations to the District at the next regular board meeting. If no inspection is required, the CD may proceed with the application and the applicant will be notified of its decision.

3. Decision

Park CD regular board meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month and are open to the public. At the board meeting following the most recent cycle of 310 permit applications and site inspections, applications are discussed by the board and approved, modified, or denied for a permit. This time period can be extended if the CD board determines it necessary to collect further information. After receiving notice of the decision, the applicant has 15 days to sign and return the Board’s Decision Form to indicate agreement. 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.

(See District Calendar for monthly meeting and inspection dates.)

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