PUB 98 - Oil and Gas Well Permits

Department of Natural Resources fact sheet
Department of Natural Resources Director: Carol S. Comer

Oil and Gas Well Permits

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Missouri Geological Survey
Geological Survey Program
P.O. Box 250, 111 Fairground Road
Rolla, MO 65402-0250

Oil and Gas Wells
The State Oil and Gas Council implements RSMo Chapter 259 pertaining to oil and gas wells in Missouri. The Missouri Geological Survey is responsible for implementing Oil and Gas Council regulations 10 CSR 50 which administers the operation and construction of oil and gas wells throughout Missouri. In addition to the State Oil and Gas Council’s regulations, injection and disposal wells are also are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency's Underground Injection Control Program (UIC). Missouri Geological Survey plays an important role in administering the UIC program.

Oil and gas wells in Missouri are divided into two categories: commercial oil and gas wells and private gas wells.

Prior to drilling either type of well, certain forms must be completed and submitted to the department. The required forms are available online. For more information about forms and permits, or to receive a paper copy of an oil or gas form, contact the Geological Survey Program at 573-368-2100.

Annual Forms

Monthly Forms

Administrative Forms

Construction Operating Permits

Regulated Activities: Construction and operation of all oil, gas and injection wells related to oil or gas production.

Fees: None

Required Documents: Completed application package, which includes organization report form, bond, survey and completion reports. Contact the Missouri Geologic Survey at 573-368-2100 or go to for an application package.

Length of Permit: Life of the well operation. Injection well permits are reviewed every five years.

Average Processing Time: 15 days

Public Participation: None for oil and gas production wells; injection wells require a public notice and 15 day comment period.

Applicable Statutes: RSMo 259.010 through 259.230

Applicable Rules: 10 CSR 50-1.010 through 50-5.010