Resources

Federal Permitting: Department of the Interior (DOI)

Mon, April 01, 2019

DOI protects and manages a significant portion of the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated Island Communities.

Website:

https://www.doi.gov/broadband


Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – BLM administers 245 million acres of U.S. public lands, or one tenth of the U.S. land base.  Of these, 99.4 percent are in the 11 Western states or Alaska.  BLM administers more surface land and more subsurface mineral estate (700 million acres) than any other government agency in the U.S.  To date, BLM has issued 3,800 wireless authorizations.

Website:

https://www.blm.gov/programs/lands-and-realty/broadband

https://www.blm.gov/programs/lands-and-realty/right-of-way/communication-sites

Permit Contact Information:

Stephen L. Fusilier, Branch Chief, Rights-of-Way and Renewable Energy
20 M Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone – 202-912-7148
Cell - 202-309-3209
FAX - 202-912-7199
sfusilie@blm.gov

Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF)

An applicant seeking to site communications facilities on BLM land or to access towers owned or managed by BLM will follow the steps outlined in BLM’s permitting process flow chart.


Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – BIA is the lead federal agency responsible for improving the lives and protecting the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska natives through services and relationships.  BIA grants rights-of-way over American Indian-owned lands with the consent of the Indian owner (tribal or individual).

Website:

https://www.bia.gov

Permit Contact Information:

https://www.bia.gov/bia/ots/dres
Division of Real Estate Services
(202) 208-7737

Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF)

An applicant seeking to site communications facilities on BIA land or to access towers owned or managed by BIA will follow the steps outlined in BIA’s permitting process flow chart.



Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) – Established in 1902, Reclamation is a water management agency operating in the 17 western states that supplies irrigation, municipal, and industrial water and produces hydropower.  It has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs, making it the largest wholesaler of water in the U.S.  Through its 76 hydropower facilities, Reclamation is the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the U.S.  Reclamation manages a wide variety of facilities, waterbodies and 7.8 million acres of land interest directly or through its Managing Partners.  Broadband facilities and other telecommunications uses are permitted to third parties when the use is consistent with Reclamation’s mission.

Website:

https://www.usbr.gov

Permit Contact Information:

https://www.usbr.gov/lands

https://www.usbr.gov/lands  - The Public Use Permitting page identifies local managers and points of contact for applying for use authorizations.

Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF)

An applicant seeking to site communications facilities on Reclamation land or to access towers owned or managed by Reclamation will follow the steps outlined in Reclamation’s permitting process flow chart.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) – FWS is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  FWS manages about 89.1 million acres of federal land, of which 86 percent are in Alaska.  FWS manages the National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas.  It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations.

Website:

https://www.fws.gov/refuges/realty/broadband

Permit Contact Information:

https://www.fws.gov/refuges/realty/broadband/Right-of-Way-Permitting.html

https://www.fws.gov/refuges

Contact manager of the applicable National Wildlife Refuge System

Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF) 

An applicant seeking to site communications facilities on FWS land or to access towers owned or managed by FWS will follow the steps outlined in FWS’ permitting process flow chart.


National Park Service (NPS) – NPS is responsible for protecting the Nation’s national parks and monuments, and conserving the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wildlife therein. The National Park System of the United States comprises over 410 areas covering more than 83 million acres in every state, plus the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  NPS units include national parks, national monuments, national historic sites, national recreation areas and national battlefields.

Website:

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/broadband.htm

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/right-of-way-permit.htm

Permit Contact Information:

https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF) Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF) 

An applicant seeking to site communications facilities on NPS land or to access towers owned or managed by NPS will follow the steps outlined in NPS’ permitting process flow chart.

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