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Cody Field Office

Lands & Realty Program

The Cody Field Office lands staff provides and manages information related to land ownership status, access and land records. Additionally, the staff processes a variety of realty actions including:

Current Projects

Completed Projects

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Rights-of-way grants - are authorizations issued for a variety of compatible uses of public land. Examples include roads, pipelines, communication sites, power lines, and telephone cables. It is recommended the applicant contact the Cody Field Office and present a description of the project and the purpose for the request. Find out more about rights-of-way application procedures.

Temporary Use Permits - are short term authorizations for temporary working areas and access roads related to rights-of-way grants.

Land Use Permits - are issued for 6 months to 3 years for temporary use of the land usually involving minor projects.

Film Permits - are special permits to use public land for commercial film productions including creation of motion pictures, television documentaries, videos, sound tracks, and advertisements.

Recreation and Public Purpose - are leases or patent (title) to land for public works projects associated with state/local government entities or non-profit organizations. Uses within the Cody Field Office area include a landfill and shooting/archery ranges.

Land Sales - occur very infrequently. It is rare and unusual for BLM to offer land in the Cody Field office for sale. The preferred method of land disposal in the Cody Field Office is by land exchange where a public benefit is obtained.

Land Exchange - exchanges with willing private land owners must have a substantial public benefit such as public access or critical wildlife habitat to be seriously considered.

Land and Water Conservation Funds - are occasionally used to acquire land or interest in land having special/unique resource values.

Trespass - is the unauthorized use of public land, and can result in financial penalties against persons found to be in trespass. Trespass activities include dumping of trash and debris, constructing/maintaining roads, farming/irrigation, and occupation without authorization. If you observe what you believe to be an unauthorized act or use, please contact the Cody Field Office to have the activity investigated.

Withdrawals - Occasionally BLM reserves or sets aside land from the operation of the public land laws, including establishment of mining claims because development of the locatable mineral estate is not compatible with the purpose(s) for which the land is being used.