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Grazing Permits

Grazing Permits

Grazing permit—

private base propertyGrazing lease—a document that authorizes grazing use of the public lands under Section 15 of the Taylor Grazing Act. A grazing lease specifies grazing preference and the terms and conditions under which lessees make grazing use during the term of the lease.  There are no BLM Section 15 leases in Utah.

BLM grazing permits are tied to base property to which BLM has attached "preference" for a grazing permit.  In most cases the base property is private land, but State land leases are also accepted in certain instances.  To hold a grazing permit the applicant must own or control private property.  The original determination of which private properties qualified as base property was made in an adjudication process, which occurred in Utah from 1934 to the late 1960s.

To obtain a BLM grazing permit, application is made to the BLM by offering (showing control of) existing base property and making application for the permit.  The applicant may also offer other privately owned property by applying for the transfer of "preference" from existing base property to the property being offered.  Transfers of "preference" require the concurrence of the existing permittee and the BLM authorized officer.  Grazing permits contain terms and conditions which control how the livestock use will be made on BLM lands.  Assuming the applicant is qualified to hold a permit, and the permit is in good standing, BLM will process the application and offer the grazing permit to the new owner/controller of the base property.

Prior to buying or leasing a ranch property it is advisable to contact the BLM Field Office that administers the grazing permits in the area of the base property. BLM has information on the status of the grazing permit attached to the base property, including the terms and conditions of the grazing permit and other important information.

a document that authorizes grazing use of the public lands under Section 3 of the Taylor Grazing Act.  A grazing permit specifies grazing preference and the terms and conditions under which permittees make grazing use during the term of the permit.  All BLM grazing permits in Utah are Section 3 permits.