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1. Application

Complete applications are to be submitted the Thursday prior to the Board meeting.  If the BCD office is closed on a day in which 310 applications must be turned in, the application will be accepted the next day.  Applications may be left M-F, if the administrator is not in the office, she will get back to you regarding your permit as soon as possible.

310- meetings are held at the regular board meeting, the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm in the USDA Conference Room.

All meetings are open to the public.  Some meetings may be canceled if they occur on the same day as a holiday, or if a quorum of the board will not be present.  
(See District Calendar for meeting dates.)

Applications are due the Thursday prior to the monthly meeting.

Note: This process may take at least 60 days.

2. Site Inspection

An onsite inspection date is upon receipt of the 310 application.  If the applicant is not present at the meeting, they will be contacted and given the date and time for the on-site inspection.   The team consists of a District representative, a Montana 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, team members make recommendations to the District at a regular meeting. If no inspection is required, the District may proceed with the application and the applicant will be notified of its decision.

3. Decision

During the next 310-meeting, applications are approved, modified, or denied for a permit. This time period can be extended if the BCD 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.(Note: Permit letters may take up to two weeks to be sent out.) Unless otherwise stated on the supervisor’s 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.

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


In making a decision, the District considers these factors:

  • The effects on soil erosion and sedimentation, considering the methods available to complete the project and the nature and economics of the various alternatives.
  • The effects of stream alteration.
  • The effects on streamflow, turbidity, and water quality caused by materials used or by removal of ground cover
  • The effects on fish and aquatic habitat.



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