Administrative Rules


Pursuant to N.D.C.C. § 28-32-01(2)(y), the Board of University and School Lands (Board) is subject to administrative rules but is exempt from the adjudicative proceeding requirements and procedures under N.D.C.C. §§ 28-32-21 through 28-32-51.

The Board’s Administrative Rules concerning General Administration, Energy Infrastructure and Impact Grants, and Unclaimed Property can be found in Title 85 of the North Dakota Administrative Code.

When adoption, amendment, or repeal of any Administrative Rules of the Board of University and School Lands entered pursuant to N.D.C.C. ch. 28-32 is proposed, the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands (Department) shall provide all interested persons with a reasonable opportunity to submit data, views, or arguments, orally or in writing, concerning the proposed rule, including data concerning the impact of the proposed rule per the Department's procedure. (Admin Rules Procedure)



TAKE NOTICE the Department of Trust Lands, on behalf of the Board of University and School Lands, will hold a public hearing to address adoption, repeal, and amendment to rules contained in N.D. Admin. Code Title 85, at 10:00 a.m. CT, on October 26, 2021, at the Fort Totten Room, North Dakota State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, North Dakota…  The purpose of the proposed rules is to implement statutory changes to the North Dakota Century Code through adoption, amendment, or repeal of administrative rules.  The proposed rules address amendments to General Administration – Definitions; amendments, repeals, and adoption of rules concerning Unclaimed Property; the repeal of Surface Land Management - Public Access and Use; and amendments to Minerals Management Reports of Lessee – Delinquency Penalty.   

The proposed rules are not expected to have an impact on the regulated community in excess of $50,000.    

The proposed rulemaking implements statutory changes made in HB 1080 regarding royalty payments, HB 1081 regarding public access and use, and SB 2048 regarding unclaimed property enacted during the most recent legislative session.

 The proposed rules may be reviewed at the office of the Department of Trust Lands, 1707 North 9th Street, Bismarck, North Dakota 58501, or online at the web address:  A copy of the proposed rules and/or regulatory analysis may be requested by writing the above address, emailing, or by calling (701) 328-1918. Written or oral comments on the proposed rules sent to the above address, email address, or telephone number and received by November 8, 2021, will be fully considered.

If you plan to attend the public hearing and will need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please contact the Department of Trust Lands at the above telephone number or address at least two days prior to the public hearing.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, we encourage written or oral comments to be submitted as set forth above.  Real-time public streaming of the public hearing will be available for viewing through a Microsoft Teams meeting.  No testimony or comments will be accepted through the Microsoft Teams meeting.  Information concerning listening access by telephone or through Microsoft Teams can be obtained by calling (701) 328-1918 or can be found on the Department of Trust Lands’ website at: .

            Dated this 1st day of September, 2021.

                                                                        Jodi Smith, Commissioner

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