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Encroachment/Approach Permit Application
Encroachment Permits are required for any utilities, either public or private, to be located within the county road right-of-way. This includes private water lines for houses, stock tanks, etc., as well as public telephone, electricity, gas, etc.

Approach Permits are required for any access onto a county road, including agricultural, industrial, oil field related, or residential.

The application can be found below and is the same for either permit. The typical time frame for approval or denial is 30 days from date of submittal and payment of the appropriate fee.

Richland County Encroachment/Approach Permit Application

Cattleguard Permit
Cattleguard Permits are required for an new installations within county road right-of-way. As they pose an extreme liability to the traveling public, they are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and require approval by the Board of County Commissioners. Any new cattleguards are purchased, installed, and maintained by Richland County.

The required fee is also reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will reflect items such as the cost of perpetual maintenance including replacement, installation cost, geometric contraints in the roadway, and is generally compared to the cost required to fencing.

The application can be found below. The typical time frame for approval or denial is approximately 60 days from the date of submittal. Upon approval by the Board of County Commissioners and identification of associated fee, the successful applicant is required to pay that fee prior to Richland County commencing the installation.

Richland County Cattle Guard Application


Richland County
201 W. Main
Sidney, MT 59270