How to Get a Permit From the Bureau of Land Management 

There are several ways to access the Bureau of Land Management land. There are public lottery systems for access to specific sites, as well as permit systems to access more than one site. In this article, you’ll learn more about the requirements and fees for getting a permit. Also, you’ll learn about the renewal requirements for a permit. 

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Application for a Special Recreation Permit 

Special recreation permits are a type of permit that allows businesses, organizations, or individuals to organize recreational activities on public lands. These permits are an important part of the BLM’s multiple-use mission. They help protect natural resources and ensure the safety of visitors. A Special Recreation Permit can take up to 180 days to be issued. 


If you want to develop public lands, you need a permit from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Permits are necessary for various uses, including crop harvesting, commercial filming, advertising displays, residential occupancy, and recreation. Permits for various types of activities are different from those for private lands. 

Requirements for a permit 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a system that allows you to apply for a Special Recreation Permit online. This system is growing and will be available in more BLM offices. However, before you apply for a permit, you must know what the requirements are. 

Requirements for renewing a permit 

When you’re looking to renew a permit, you should first determine whether the new regulation is appropriate for your project. A permit issued by the Bureau of Land Management is typically valid for five years and can be renewed for up to 10 years. However, it is crucial that you submit your renewal application at least 180 days before the current permit expires. In some cases, the Bureau will notify the public that a permit is available and will offer a 30-day public comment period before the final decision is made. 

Appeals of a permit denial 

If you are denied a permit, you can appeal the decision. The Division of Environmental Quality follows a particular procedure for appealing permit denials. You can appeal the denial in writing or in person. If you want to appeal an in-person denial, you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. You can also apply for a new permit, or rework your project. You should submit your appeal with the appropriate documents. 

Getting a permit for filming 

Permits are necessary to film on BLM-managed land. You can visit BLM’s website to learn more about filming rules and regulations. Typically, large productions require an onsite pre-application conference with BLM personnel. If you want to film outside of popular locations, you can contact your local BLM field office for more information.