Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
BLM administers 245 million acres of U.S. public lands, or one tenth of the U.S. land base. Of these, 99.4 percent are in the 11 Western states or Alaska. BLM administers more surface land and more sub-surface mineral estate (700 million acres) than any other government agency in the U.S. To date, BLM has issued 3,800 wireless authorizations.
An applicant seeking to site communications facilities on BLM land or to access towers owned or managed by BLM will follow the steps outlined in BLM’s permitting process flow chart.
- Communication Sites
- Telecommunication Infrastructure Sites and Cases Map
- DOI Connectivity in Rural America
- Application Processing Flow Chart
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
BIA is the lead federal agency responsible for improving the lives and protecting the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska natives through services and relationships. BIA grants rights-of-way over American Indian-owned lands with the consent of the Indian owner (tribal or individual).
An applicant seeking to site communications facilities on BIA land or to access towers owned or managed by BIA will follow the steps outlined in BIA’s permitting process flow chart.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation)
Established in 1902, Reclamation is a water management agency operating in the 17 western states that supplies irrigation, municipal, and industrial water and produces hydropower. It has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs, making it the largest wholesaler of water in the U.S. Through its 76 hydropower facilities, Reclamation is the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the U.S. Reclamation manages a wide variety of facilities, waterbodies and 7.8 million acres of land interest directly or through its Managing Partners. Broadband facilities and other telecommunications uses are permitted to third parties when the use is consistent with Reclamation’s mission.
An applicant seeking to site communications facilities on Reclamation land or to access towers owned or managed by Reclamation will follow the steps outlined in Reclamation’s permitting process flow chart.