Administrative Rules Services
Administrative Rules Services is designated as the publisher of the Administrative Rules of
Montana (ARM) and the Montana Administrative Register (Register) in the
Montana Administrative Procedure
Act. The unit serves as the filing depository for agency rule notices, rule adoptions,
and interpretations. Proposed rule changes are printed in the Register which is published twice
each month. The official, printed copy of the ARM is updated on a quarterly basis.
Each Montana citizen is impacted by administrative rules. Administrative rules
are agency regulations, standards or statements of applicability that implement, interpret, or set
law or policy. An agency can also adopt administrative rules that describe the organization,
procedures or practice requirements of the agency. Agencies are given rulemaking authority through
the legislative process.
Since administrative rules have the force and effect of law and agencies change rules
throughout the year, agencies follow a comprehensive process in the adoption of a rule that includes
a public comment period. The Administrative Rules Services staff are privileged to work with agencies
and the public offering technical assistance to ensure the rulemaking process is followed and that public
is noticed of rulemaking actions.