Lakeshore Management by Local Governments (Montana)

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EZFeed Policy

Place Montana

Applies to States or Provinces Montana
Name Lakeshore Management by Local Governments (Montana)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction All local governments.

Last Review 2014-09-15


This statute grants primary authority to local governments to establish laws and regulations to conserve and protect lakes in their jurisdiction, provided that this authority is used to maintain public health, welfare, and safety. For the purpose of these regulations, lakes are defined as water bodies with a water surface area of at least 160 acres. However, local governments may choose to redefine the minimum size of a lake to a water surface area of no less than 20 acres. Permits from the local governing body are required for any work that will alter or diminish the course, current, or cross-sectional area of a lake or its lakeshore. This statute sets some guidelines for local governments regarding permit issuance. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation may set regulations for a given lake following petition by five owners or 30% of the owners of land abutting a lake, whichever is smaller.

Policy Contact

Department Local Governments

Department Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Address 1625 Eleventh Ave.
Address 2 Helena, Montana

Phone 406/444-2074


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 75-7-2 MCA
Date Effective 1975

Authority 2 Rules adopted by local governments