Special Recreation Permits are authorizations which allow for commercial, competitive, and organized group activities that expand and enhance recreational opportunities on your public lands and waterways. If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may need a permit from BLM:
- Are you charging a fee?
- Will there be competition?
- Will you advertise?
- Will you mark a course?
- Are you expecting vehicles at the event?
- Will anyone be paid to organize, lead or participate in the activity?
- Will your activity involve public land?
Contact the local BLM office responsible for administering the public lands you would like to use as early as possible to discuss your application. Applications must be submitted at least 180 days prior to your proposed activity.
The BLM evaluates permit applications to determine whether your proposed activity would:
- Serve the public interest, as well as interests of local communities and businesses;
- Protect the natural and cultural resources of the public lands;
- Provide for the health and safety of the participants and other public land visitors;
- Enhance the quality of recreation experiences on public lands and waterways; and
- Be consistent with the goals and objectives established in the local land use plan.
Special Recreation Permit fees are established by the BLM Director in Washington, D.C. and are consistently applied by all BLM offices throughout the country. The purpose of charging permit fees is to ensure that the American taxpayers are provided with a fair return for specialized uses of their public lands and waterways. All permit fees are reinvested directly back into the local recreation program to expand and enhance recreational opportunities. Common expenditures of permit revenues include cleaning trash, maintaining toilets and other recreational facilities, upgrading existing facilities to meet universal accessibility standards, and protecting nearby natural and cultural resources from recreational impacts.