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January 28, 2014
In Reply Refer To:
2930 (250) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2014-055
Expires: 09/30/2015 
To:                   All Washington Office and Field Office Officials
                        Attn:  State Recreation Leads
From:               Assistant Director, Resources and Planning
Subject:           Automatic Adjustment of Minimum Special Recreation Permit Fees and Assigned Site Fees
Program Area:  Recreation and Visitor Services
Purpose:  The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to establish the minimum commercial, competitive, and organized group Special Recreation Permit (SRP) fees, and the minimum assigned site fee for the 3-year period beginning March 1, 2014. These fees constitute the Director’s minimum fee schedule.
Policy/Action: The following minimum SRP and assigned site fees will take effect on
March 1, 2014: 
  • The minimum annual SRP fee will increase by $5, to $105.
  • The minimum assigned site fee will increase by $10, to $210.
  • The “per person per day” fee for competitive events and organized groups will remain $5 per day. 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field offices will use March 1, 2014, as the effective date for the new minimum fees, and adjust their billing statements according to their calendar or fiscal year time frames. All permits issued prior to March 1, 2014, with an effective duration extending beyond that date must contain the new provisions. Field offices must insert this provision in all new permits meeting these criteria, and amend all permits extending beyond March 1, 2014, to include the applicable fees (Attachment 1).
Timeframe:  The new fee schedule is effective March 1, 2014, and remains in effect until March 1, 2017.

Budget Impact:  The application of this policy will have no impact on the budget.  The BLM expects this increase to be budget-neutral. 

Background: The BLM, in concert with the U.S. Forest Service, automatically adjusts the minimum commercial and assigned site fee every 3 years. In addition, the BLM adjusts the individual competitive and organized group SRP fees every three years. The automatic 3-year fee adjustment policies and fee calculation methodologies were published in the Federal Register on October 19, 1989 (54 FR 42998) and July 29, 1999 (64 FR 41133). Individual state directors also have the authority to impose application fees and/or to establish higher minimum fees for SRPs. The minimum SRP and assigned site fees are recalculated every three years, using the fees for 1993 as the base year, and compounding them annually using the Gross Domestic Product Implicit Price Deflator Index. The minimum commercial SRP fee and assigned site fee are rounded to the nearest $5. The “per person per day” fee for competitive events and group events is rounded to the nearest $1.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  This change has no effect on the applicable BLM manuals or handbooks. This IM updates the Director’s Fee Schedule contained in Handbook H-2930-1, Recreation Permit Administration, Rel. 2-295 dated August 7, 2006.
Coordination:  The fee adjustment was coordinated with the U.S. Forest Service, and will be published in the Federal Register.
Contact: If there are any questions concerning the content of this IM, please contact Andy Tenney, Division Chief, Recreation and Visitor Services, at atenney@blm.gov, or by telephone at: 202-208-4201, or David Ballenger, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at dballeng@blm.gov, or by telephone at: 202-912-7642.
Signed by:                                                        Authenticated by:
Edwin L. Roberson                                           Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                             Division of IRM Governance,WO-860
Resources and Planning
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Last updated: 03-06-2014