Public Land Permits FAQ

 

1. What is the Public Lands Permit Program?
2. Who needs a permit?
3. Who do I contact?
4. What information will I need to have ready?
5. Does the process differ from one jurisdiction to the next?
6. What if I don’t know who manages the land where I want to go?
7. Do we need a permit for reconnaissance?
8. How long does it take to get a permit?
9. Are permits site specific?
10. Did you know UNLV has a standing permit with the U.S. Forest Service?
11. Did you know UNLV also has a standing permit for the Lake Mead National Recreational Area?
12. How will the permit get to me?
13. Can an expired permit be renewed?

1. What is the Public Lands Permit Program?

Commercial entities [which include universities] are required by law to obtain a permit for activities held on public lands. 

The Permit Program is a service to all members of the UNLV campus in the pursuit of a public land use permit.  It serves as a single point of contact for UNLV members to communicate with the federal agencies who have jurisdiction over the land.  Using this service will save you time and frustration in obtaining a permit.  Be aware that if you enter these lands without a permit as a UNLV group you may be personally liable.

2. Who needs a permit?

A permit is required by anyone needing to use public lands for a UNLV coordinated or organized activity.  This use includes research, research specimen collection on public land, field trips, or any UNLV recreational activity.  Be aware that if you engage in such activities as a group without a permit, you may be held personally liable for engaging in an unauthorized activity on public lands.  You also will be in violation of UNLV policy.

These permits represent permission to be on the land for a specific activity.  Bear in mind that other permits may be necessary.  For example, if you intend to collect wildlife specimens, then you would need a Nevada Department of Wildlife collection permit in addition to the land use permit.

Start the permit process by emailing landpermits@unlv.edu.

3. Who do I contact?

Please feel free to contact Kevin Bergeron at :
Website:   http://publiclands.unlv.edu/permits
Email:      landpermits@unlv.edu

4. What information will I need to have ready?

Please provide a brief description of the activity and be prepared to answer the following questions:
- Where are you going?  [a map of the area is needed when making a request]
- What activity are you doing?
- When do you want to go?
- Who will be going?  Who is leading or in charge of the excursion?
- How many people will be involved?
- Why are you accessing this land?

5. Does the process differ from one jurisdiction to the next?

The process can vary between agencies, but all agencies want the same information.

6. What if I don’t know who manages the land where I want to go?

Email inquiries to landpermits@unlv.edu.

7. Do we need a permit for reconnaissance?

No permits are required for reconnaissance.  Recon is for the purposes of reviewing an area to obtain more information and see if it is suitable for your research or visit.

8. How long does it take to get a permit?

Depending on your activity, the average is two to three weeks.  Field trips on established trails have a fairly quick turn-around time.  Permits for research activities that involve disturbing areas and collecting specimens take longer, possibly up to 6 months.  Each agency has its own timeframe. 

9. Are permits site specific?
Yes.  When a permit application is requested, a map of where you are going needs to be included.  Please include coordinates (UTM, GPS, Township/Range/Section).

10. Did you know UNLV has a standing permit with the U.S. Forest Service? 
If you are going on a field trip to a Forest Service area, all you need to do is send an email tolandpermits@unlv.edu and briefly describe what you are doing, where you are going and when. An email will be sent to the Forest Service prior to your excursion. 

Research projects, especially those involving ground disturbance or collection, require a separate, special permit.

11. Did you know UNLV also has a standing permit for the Lake Mead National Recreational Area?
Backcountry trips and recreational activities are covered under this permit.  UNLV may use this permit at any time. You will be issued a card to carry with you when you visit this area.

Research projects in this area, especially those involving ground disturbance or collection, require a separate, special permit.

12. How will the permit get to me?
Once it is ready, your permit will be faxed or emailed to you. You can check the status of your permit request at any time by sending an email to landpermits@unlv.edu.

13. Can an expired permit be renewed?
Sometimes it can.  For example, if the field trip is on BLM lands and is exactly the same as the previous trip, they may offer an extension.