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Rights-of-Way & Oil/Gas Surface Damage Agreement Procedures

Obtaining an easement, permit or oil and gas surface damage agreement from the Department of Trust Lands is not difficult but some advance planning is necessary. It generally takes 3 to 4 weeks to complete the process from beginning to end and the use of electronic communication can help keep the application moving along. This web site will provide much of the information that you need to submit and complete the application process. Please let us know if there is something that you think is missing from this site.

The key factor is to contact the Department of Trust Lands as soon as possible to get the process started using the on-line application form. An early first contact is important for timely completion of the process.

NEW! Track the status of your application on-line. Now you can track the status of your application on-line with the new web based tracking tool. Real-time information is available showing the steps completed in processing the application and also any outstanding deficiencies or missing information. After you have submitted an application, it will be logged into the system and within one business day you will generally be assigned a tracking number. This tracking number can be used to track the status of your application. All rights-of-way currently in progress have tracking numbers. Click here to enter the tracking number and find the status of the application.

Easement and Permit Procedures

Sample Documents

The following are examples of documents used for easements, permits and well site damage agreements. These documents are for informational purposes only. The Department of Trust Lands will complete the final documents during the easement process.

Contacts Us

1707 North 9th Street | PO Box 5523 | Bismarck, ND 58506-5523 | Telephone: (701)328-2800 | Fax: (701)328-3650