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When the public needs a permit to use public lands, it is difficult to understand why they need to talk to two (or more) permit administrators and sometimes go to different offices to cut firewood, graze cattle, lead a guided tour, or gather products. Joint permit administration is an easy way to improve customer service.
Two agencies CAN issue a joint permit where both agencies’ terms and rules are included in one document. At this time, however, issuing one permit for two agencies' land is NOT allowed (one agency cannot replace another agency's rules and regulations on their land without Congressional approval).
Rules of Joint Permit Administration:
- Determine needed changes to the permit for joint administration. Learn the agency differences in terms of rules and regulations for the permits. Line managers can find out who has authority to make needed changes, so that there’s either one permit, or two permits that are consistent with each other.
- Decide who administers the permit and if dual delegation is needed (if not already in place). Create a work plan and follow an agreed-upon accounting system to track both agencies costs and revenues.
- Develop an agreement about costs for printing new permit forms for firewood, Christmas tree, forest products, etc.
- If two permit forms are used (lands, recreation, grazing, etc.), if possible, ensure both forms have the same stipulations.
- FS/BLM Multi Agency Permit for Special Forest Products Cover Letter - August 3, 2003 (140 KB PDF)
- FS/BLM Multi Agency Permit for Special Forest Products - Please contact your local area FS/BLM office for instructions on the process. Not all offices can issue a Special Forest Products permit on behalf of other offices; be sure to ask.