Regulation of Dams (Indiana)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Indiana

Applies to States or Provinces Indiana
Name Regulation of Dams (Indiana)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small)
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


The owner of a dam is required to maintain the structure in good condition, and notify the Department of Environmental Management upon the sale or transfer of ownership of the structure. The Department has the authority to assign hazard classifications to dams, grant permits for the construction, reconstruction, or alteration of dams, and investigate existing structures.

This legislation does not apply to: - Dams built for the sole purpose of erosion control, watering livestock, recreation, or providing a haven or refuge for fish or wildlife; - Dams with a drainage area area above the dam of more than 1 square mile; - Dams more than 20 feet in height - Dams with a volume of more than one hundred (100) acre-feet of water - Dams regulated under the federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, unless the structure is proposed to be retained as a permanent structure after bond release.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Jerry Dittmer
Department Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Division Office of Water Quality/Permitting Branch
Address Mail Code 65-42 100 North Senate Avenue Room IGCN 1255, Indianaoplis, IN 46204

Phone 317-234-0865
Fax 317-232-8406
Department Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Division Water (Dams/Levees Call Center)
Address 402 West Washington Street, Room W264, Indianapolis IN 46204-2641

Phone 317-234-1061
Phone 2 317-232-4160
Fax 317-233-4579

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

Authority 1: Ind. Code 14-27-7.5; 312 Indiana Administrative Code 10.5
Date Effective 2003-2004
Date Enacted 2002